Arbon, 17 January 2013 – Lucerne University has succeeded in qualifying for the international Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 with AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG as industry partner. This is the first time an entrant from Switzerland has taken part in the competition, which promotes research into solar housing of the future.
The application from the School of Technology and Architecture at Lucerne University to participate in the international «Solar Decathlon Europe 2014» was officially accepted at the end of December 2012 by the selection committee in France. AFG is involved in this project together with several partners from industry, business and politics. The team from Lucerne University is competing against 19 other teams from across the globe to develop an architecturally and technologically innovative, energy-efficient solar house that not only offers maximum comfort but is also capable of meeting the social, economic and environmental challenges of the future.
As an industry partner for the project, AFG together with its group of companies will contribute know-how in the use of spatial and building design technologies – in particular, potential solutions for windows, doors, heating systems and ventilation. From its participation AFG hopes to gain access to future-oriented technologies and to contribute to the translation of scientific research into practice.
The participating teams are competing in the disciplines of architecture, technology & design, energy efficiency, energy balance, comfort, fitness for purpose, innovation and sustainability. The «Solar Decathlon» competition therefore fits perfectly with the orientation of AFG towards the three mega-trends of energy efficiency, safety & security and well-being.