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2013 Solar Decathlon: Borealis

Team Alberta

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U.S. Department of Energy

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FROM THE STUDENTS:

Borealis provides sustainable living and the comforts of home for remote working populations. Designed as modular prefabricated housing for the resource industries in western Canada, Borealis addresses housing shortages with a sustainable alternative. The remarkable natural beauty of the northern lights is reflected in the strong geometric design; the perfect backdrop for a beacon of comfort, sustainability and harmony. This is Borealis, this is home away from home.
KEY FEATURES OF BOREALIS
- Easily transported as prefabricated modules
- Two residential modules centered on a shared service core, that includes kitchen and dining, bathroom, and mechanical room
- Individual outside access for each residential module
- Privacy for living areas afforded through the use of sliding doors
- Living wall in the heart of the house that naturally detoxifies the air and is sustained by the light brought into the interior from above
- Net zero energy performance achieved through the use of R-40 walls, a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic array and solar thermal tubes
- Fully automated control system that uses multiple zones to maintain temperature throughout the house
- Energy recovery system which stores waste heat to use for dehumidification and heating

For more information, please visit http://www.solardecathlon.ca
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