Solar Decathlon (7)-Team Canada (of University of Calgary)’s trtl (Technological Residence Traditional Living) of 2011

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For this particular design of fusion between the traditional and modern, tutl (Technological Residence Traditional Living), Team Canada’s entry is inspired by the Treaty 7 Nations of Southern Alberta, where the sun has always been an important source of power of all things.  All things are living, including the home (which is connected to all things as part of a greater natural order).  This order has been disturbed in recent years by overcrowdedness and by incidences of fire and molds. With the rising cost of energy, Team Canada’s trtl creates a home that is efficient, affordable, healthy, and in harmony with the sun. Some of the observance of traditional design features: Eastern facing entrance paying homage to sunrise, South facing windows provides natural light and valuable heat gain during winter months.  Its unique curved form minimizes visual impact upon the landscape, displaying the concept of being  in harmony with nature.  The building envelope consists of structurally insulated panels (or SIPS) mounted to a steel sub-structure.  The magnesium compounds enable the design to be extremely durable and highly resistant to fire and mold.  PV panels covering the south roof and converting sunlight into electricity.  The roof angles ensure the 9.4 kilowatt system operates within 93% efficiency and the energy use and cost have been optimized.  The finishing materials of this home are local and natural, reflecting its historical and cultural tie to the land.  The kitchen and living/social space are integrated and square corners are minimized to foster positive spiritual energy.  The home’s mechanical system is simple, with a highly efficient air source heat pump as the main component.  This 1000 sq. ft. home is designed for a young family, with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and ample space for entertainment and storage.  Here we have the clip for trtl of Team Canada—>


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