University of Calgary

University of Calgary


August 15, 2011 15:32 ET

University of Calgary: Canada's Team Ready to Send Eco-House to Washington, D.C.

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - Construction is now complete 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 Cenovus-TRTL: Technological Residence Traditional Living (TRTL – pronounced "turtle"), the house will now be shipped to National Mall in Washington D.C. to be 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 host a send-off ceremony on Wednesday August 17 at 5 p.m. to recognize its sponsors and to officially bless the house for its 4000-kilometre journey to Washington, D.C. Media are welcome during the ceremony and also during the day (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) for photo opportunities and interviews with team members.

What: Media availability and Send-Off Ceremony
Who: Team Canada students, representatives from the University of Calgary, Cenovus Energy Representatives, corporate sponsors, City of Calgary Representatives, Provincial MLAs and Dr. Reg Crowshoe of the Piikani Nation will be available for interviews.
When: August 17, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for media house tours and interviews.
August 17, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for the Send-Off Ceremony
Where: Solar Decathlon Construction site located at the University of Calgary. The site is just east of the Alberta Children's Hospital and north of the Child Development Centre (map attached).

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Contact Information

  • University of Calgary
    Grady Semmens
    Associate Director - Media Relations
    403-220-7722 or Cell: 403-651-2515