This year's entry is Borealis: a pre-fabricated modular solar home that provides sustainable and comfortable living for the resource industry working in Western Canada. Thousands of people work in remote areas in northern British Columbia and Alberta in the oil and gas, mining and forestry industries. As a result, there is a housing shortage and the workforce lives in temporary camps. Borealis addresses this housing shortage by providing a sustainable alternative that offers comfort and privacy.
Designed to be net-zero, Borealis features many green building technologies, including a 10 killowatt photovoltaic array and solar thermal tubes, a living wall in the bathroom, and an energy recovery system. The three modules - a service module flanked by two residencial modules - also feature Innotech triple glazed Terrace Swing Doors, Tilt + Turn Doors and Tilt + Turn Windows, as well as an Entry Door.
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