MEDIA ADVISORY: South L.A. High Schoolers to Tour Innovative Net-Zero House Being Built on USC Campus on 7/25

July 18, 2013

CONTACT: Allison Engel 213/740-1927 – RSVP for parking and map 

On Thursday, July 25, from 9–11 a.m., 70 ninth-grade math students who are part of USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, an enrichment program designed to prepare low-income neighborhood students for graduation from a college or university, will be touring USC’s Solar Decathlon home under construction on the University Park campus.

USC’s entry in the Solar Decathlon competition – a flexible, modular, net-zero single-family structure called fluxHome – has been designed by USC students and is going up on the South Lawn behind Watt Hall, near Exposition Boulevard.

When complete, the home will be dismantled and trucked to Great Park in Orange County for the competition in October, where it will be judged against homes built by 19 other teams from universities around the world. After the competition, fluxHome will return to the USC campus to be used as an educational tool on environmentally sensitive housing. It will eventually be donated to a local family, which will require dismantling it one more time and rebuilding it in the University Park neighborhood.

The multidisciplinary team of students building the structure, headed by the USC School of Architecture, will be showing the ninth graders the unique features of the home, including its flexible floor plan, space for garden walls and energy-efficient mechanical systems.

During the tour, the USC students will give the ninth graders a design project that will require them to use their math skills.

“One of the greatest things about our Solar Decathlon project is that it resonates with our entire global community – not just architects and engineers and sustainability gurus, but with anyone who’s ever lived in a house or dwelling – which really means just about everyone,” said Alice Kimm, USC School of Architecture associate professor and faculty co-director of the project.

“Specifically, fluxHome is a house that employs cutting-edge technology, materials and equipment to reach net-zero energy,” Kimm continued. “In addition, it is a house that celebrates our Southern California style of living, which is all about inside-outside relationships, enjoyment of our great climate and tradition of communal living and a relaxed and flexible lifestyle. … fluxHome welcomes everyone from all walks of our extended community – students, kids, residents, commuters and anyone interested in sustainability, engineering and design – to come and take a peek at what we’re up to. Either walk in or go to our website and enjoy our live feed from wherever you are!”

Please let Allison Engel ( know if you would like to cover this tour, and she will send you parking information and a map. All Neighborhood Academic Initiative and USC Architecture students have signed permission slips on file allowing them to be photographed or filmed.

For a video and story on fluxHome, USC’s entry in the Solar Decathlon, see:!/article/52973/uscs-solar-decathlon-home-comes-together-on-campus/

For more information on the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, see:!/article/50509/nai-grads-heading-to-usc-and-other-top-universities/