As we move into the first official week of the Solar Decathlon 2013, the judges are beginning to make their rounds of the 19 beautiful ultra-efficient solar homes. Although all of the designs are incredibly impressive this year, there are quite a few that stand out for not only their innovative energy-saving features, but also for their unique resilient design. Team Alberta has bought a very strong entry to the competition with the the Borealis House, which was created to provide sustainable solutions to the many modern infrastructure needs of remote communities.
For years, forestry mining and energy companies have moved into Alberta looking to take advantage of the region’s many natural resources. This massive influx of commerce has caused a severe shortage of available and affordable housing in the area, resulting in poor choices for employees and families living in the closed-off areas.
With their Borealis Solar Home, Team Alberta, offers an inspired solution to these housing issues caused by over development, which has recently taken place not only in Alberta, but in multiple resource-rich areas around the world. Created by students at University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, the prefabricated, modular home is a sustainable answer for cities, companies and families who need to find housing in remote areas around the world.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat