Winner of the Solar Decathlon 2017, the NeighborHub solar house will have an even better future with the local population. Following its success at the international sustainable housing competition in Denver, Colorado, the NeighborHub stands once more in Fribourg’s Smart Living Lab. The Swiss solar house was designed by students and teaching staff from four higher education institutions (EPFL, HEIA-FR, HEAD, and UNIFR), and has been reconstructed at the blueFACTORY site. The solar house offers a new collective and environmental way of living, and is intended to be a meeting place for citizens wishing to develop solutions to facilitate a more sustainable future.
Reconstructed in the spring of 2018 in the blueFACTORY innovation district, the NeighborHub is a modifiable building, thanks to its flexible architecture, movable fittings, convertible furniture, and an interior design that can be adapted to a variety of activities, including a repair café, urban vegetable gardens, eco-friendly cooking classes, and even conferences. The proposed activities and services relate to seven fields of action: renewable energy use, mobility, water and waste management, food, biodiversity, and the selection of materials.
In addition to playing its eponymous role at the heart of the district, the NeighborHub is used as a research prototype inside the Smart Living Lab for the purposes of energy management, user comfort and user interactions.