Gallery: Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a...

photo © Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat
At the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C., a turtle-shaped house stands out from the masses of rectilinear homes currently on display in West Potomac Park on the National Mall. Looking somewhat like an elongated teepee with solar panels, Team Canada's TRTL house fuses traditional Native American tribal traditions with twenty-first century technology. The zero-energy sun-powered prefab was designed and built by students from the University of Calgary, and it is currently competing with 18 other homes in the biennial design-build competition. Featuring a tight, highly insulated envelope, TRTL can withstand frigid northern temperatures and functions using only the energy provided by its rooftop solar array. Click through our exclusive gallery to learn more about the TRTL, whose name stands for "technological residence, traditional living!"

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below


  1. Teicher Lauz March 6, 2014 at 2:58 am

    how much the solar panel 200watts

  2. electric38 September 30, 2011 at 4:23 am

    What you call “excess energy” is perfect for the emerging electric car market. Quick change car (and bike) batteries that can now be solar charged will easily use this energy. The judges would be wise to give additional consideration for this feature.

  3. zeropassiv September 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    The SIPs panels they use in this project is Magnesium Oxide Boards sandwiching EPS foam. This is a new product in the SIPs world. It is fireproof and mold proof. A little harder to work with but very good alternative to the standard OSB SIPs. I think this is one of the 4 student-built projects. They did an awesome job with it.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home