University of Calgary

Team Canada breaks ground on solar house project

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 2011-06-20 13:03.

June 20, 2011

Construction is starting on the University of Calgary’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011 competition.  The only Canadian entry in this year’s competition, University of Calgary students have designed a safe, durable net-zero solar powered home that addresses critical issues in Aboriginal housing, in collaboration with the Treaty 7 First Nations of Southern Alberta.

Called Technological Residence Traditional Living (TRTL – pronounced “turtle”), the house will be built on the University of Calgary campus before it is shipped to the National Mall in Washington D.C. and put on display for the competition (September 23-October 2, 2011). The TRTL project is the University of Calgary’s second entry in the Solar Decathlon, which is held every two years to showcase clean-energy solutions.

The team will unveil the title sponsor of the TRTL project, which includes a significant financial commitment, at a ceremonial ground-breaking at the construction site on Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m. Media are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to interview Team Canada members following the speaking program.

Media Contact:
Alexandre Ste-Marie
Team Canada Communications Team Lead
Phone: 1-888-623-7868
Email: a.ste-marie@ucalgary.ca