Gallery: Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built f...

TRTL, which stands for "Technological Residence, Traditional Living", is a home designed specifically for the native peoples in Southern Alberta. Inspired by the tipi, the house has a round form and has ample space to host communal gatherings. The University of Calgary (aka Team Canada) worked closely with the native communities of Treaty 7 to design an appropriate home that respects their traditions and culture, and promotes sustainability through an arched solar roof, energy efficient systems and sustainable materials. TRTL (or "Turtle") is a modular home designed specifically for Southern Alberta, and could help alleviate housing problems for the native communities -- not to mention kick some butt in next week's Solar Decathlon.

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  1. lazyreader September 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Tipi’s are a Lakota dwelling of Indians in the Great Plains. Tipis are stereotypically associated with Native Americans in general but Native Americans from places other than the Great Plains mostly used different types of dwellings. And largely they were temporary dwellings until real houses were built.

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