(pronounced 'turtle') is a prototype for modular solar powered housing, designed for the First Nations of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta. It was created as an entry into the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011 competition, which challenges 20 international student teams to design, build and operate the most affordable, efficient and attractive solar powered home.
The project featured a ground-breaking collaboration between Treaty 7 community representatives and students at the University of Calgary. At the heart of the project was an exploration of how green building methods, clean technologies, and cultural design considerations can lead to improved housing outcomes in Aboriginal communities.
Key features include:
-Powered by the sun: annual net zero energy demand
-Healthy, safe, long-lasting: durable materials resist fire and mold, with expected lifecycle of 75-100 years
-cultural appropriateness: Tipi-inspired form relates to traditional spirituality, spatial function responds to contemporary demographics and lifestyle
My experience on this project included one year as Project Manager, one year as Aboriginal Relations Manager and Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Council.
Cover rendering by Johann Kyser and Riley Iwamoto.
For more information on Team Canada, visit: www.solardecathlon.ca
For more information on the Solar Decathlon, visit: www.solardecathlon.org