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Four Canadian Teams Among Finalists in U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon

February 27, 2024 | By HPAC Magazine

International competition challenges university teams to design high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables.

Four teams from Canada have qualified among the final 40 teams from 37 collegiate institutions to advance to the final stage of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2024 Design Challenge.

“We can’t meaningfully address climate change while continuing to design buildings the way we always have,” said Holly Jamesen Carr, Solar Decathlon director at DOE. “These collegiate scholars impressed jurors by reimagining buildings as responsive to people and the planet.”

Finalist teams were selected at a semi-final competition event, held virtually Feb. 23-24, 2024 where teams presented their zero energy building designs to panels of industry experts.

There are four divisions (single-family housing, attached housing, multi-family building, and education building), and 10 finalists were selected for each division.

A combined team representing the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan—Kelowna & Thompson Rivers University—Kamloops are finalists in the single-family housing division.

Three teams from Canada — UBC-Vancouver, Toronto Metropolitan University and University of Waterloo — are all finalists in the attached housing division.

The final awards ceremony will be held via livestream on April 21, 2024, at 11 a.m. ET.




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