MEDIA ADVISORY: USC’s Solar Decathlon House is Ready for Sendoff on Sept. 18

September 5, 2013

Tour the completed USC student-designed entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon during a campus sendoff at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Contact: RSVP Allison Engel at for directions and parking reservations

The 960-square foot single family net zero home – called “fluxHome” to reflect its flexible, modular design – has been under construction since April on the South Lawn behind Watt Hall at 850 W. 36th St., near Exposition Boulevard. It is now complete and ready to be dismantled in three sections and trucked to the international Solar Decathlon competition at the Great Park in Irvine, CA, to be held from Oct. 3-13. There, it will be judged against homes built by 19 other teams from universities around the world. The public is invited to tour all 20 homes during the judging period.

After the competition, fluxHome will return to the USC campus to be used as an educational tool on environmentally sensitive housing. Eventually it will be donated to a local family, which will require dismantling and rebuilding in the University Park neighborhood.

View the project’s latest video – taken when fluxHome was nearly finished – that explains some of the dwelling’s unique features, such as its smart home control and entertainment center and its solar chimney with a motorized roller shade which can be controlled from a laptop, tablet or smart phone. The video can be seen here:

The USC School of Architecture is the main sponsor of the project. The school’s dean, Qingyun Ma, will speak at the sendoff, along with student members of the interdisciplinary planning and construction team. Team members will be giving tours of fluxHome after the speeches.

To read a blog post from team member Christine Tanguay about what working on the fluxHome project has meant to her, visit

Faculty co-directors of the project are Alice Kimm and Gary Paige of the School of Architecture, who have devoted an extensive amount of time over the past year and a half shepherding fluxHome from studio concepts to a finished home.