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Innotech Windows + Doors, along with official partners Trocal®, Profine Group and Cardinal Glass Industries, sponsored Team Canada  for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Team Canada’s concept house – Technological Residence, Traditional Living (TRTL) – addresses critical issues in Alberta’s Aboriginal communities while also meeting criteria for the 5th Solar Decathlon challenge.

TRTL is a solar powered net-zero home that features a range of materials that offer resistance to mold, fire and the extreme elements of Southern Alberta, Canada. The materials, including Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows and Terrace Swing Doors, were also chosen because they significantly extend the life of the building.

“In North America, the trend is clearly towards sustainable construction and holistic housing projects,” says Jens Busse, North American Sales Director at Profine. “The Solar Decathlon is a great opportunity for us to prove our energy-efficient products in a very challenging environment”.

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the biennial Solar Decathlon challenges 20 international student-led teams to design, build and operate the most attractive, efficient and affordable solar-powered house. Team Canada is spearheaded by an interdisciplinary group of students from the University of Calgary.

Team Canada finished in 10th place at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The TRTL was the most visited home with just under 24,000 visitors in 11 short days. Congrats Team Canada!


For more information visit Solar Decathlon – U.S. Department of Energy. Green Building Advisor featured an excellent recap of the 2011 Solar Decathlon here.