November 28, 2005
Source: Concordia University:
CANADIAN SOLAR DECATHLON HOUSE: HOW HOUSING CAN HELP ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
MONTREAL/November 28, 2005 —
The Canadian Solar Decathlon Team, of primarily Concordia engineering and communications students will be showcasing their net zero energy solar-powered house, The Northern Light, in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference – Parallel Events — A World of Solutions. The Conference will be held in Montreal from November 27 to December 9, 2005. The goal of net zero energy housing is to implement a range of measures that will ultimately lead to housing that has a zero net consumption of energy on an annual basis for heating and electricity.
The Northern Light is the only Canadian entry to have competed in the U.S. 2005 Solar Decathlon, a week-long event that took place in Washington, D.C. in October. The Northern Light was sponsored by the Government of Canada through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Natural Resources Canada, in partnership with the provincial housing Corporation, la Société d’habitation du Québec. The team was awarded first place for the Most Energy Efficient Design from the National Association of Home Builders and the Progressive award from BP Solar for their unique placement of photovoltaic panels on the house’s roof.
"The public is encouraged to visit the house, free of charge, to learn how to make their home a zero-energy home using solar and energy efficient products available today!", explains Mark Pasini, Project Manager of the Northern Light.
The house has been set up on a permanent basis on Concordia’s Loyola Campus (7141 Sherbrooke St. West), next to Hingston Hall (HB) building. Guided tours, including a multi-media presentation, are available on November 29, December 1, 6 and 8. The House Tour Schedule. To sign up for a house tour, please visit the Canada Pavilion Information Counter at the Guy-Favreau Complex (200 René-Lévesque West) – level 01 at A World of Solutions – parallel events, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Through research and education projects such as this Canadian Solar Decathlon House, the Government of Canada, in partnership with other levels of government, industry and academia, is demonstrating its commitment to building safe, healthy and sustainable communities.
For more information visit, www.canadiansolar.org or contact Blossom Stephens at (514) 497-5511 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Public Relations Officer
tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4884
cel: (514) 952-5556
fax: (514) 848-3383