2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington: Team Montreal unveils its solar house before D Day

    MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The only team to represent Canada at
the "Solar Decathlon," taking place from October 11th to 20th in
Washington DC, today unveiled its solar house, "Lumen-Essence." Team Montreal
is a consortium of some forty engineering students from Ecole de technologie
supérieure (ETS) and engineering and architecture students from Université de
Montréal and McGill University. The Solar Decathlon is organized by the
US Department of Energy, the main financial partner, and is aimed at promoting
innovation in the design of autonomous residential buildings that are
architecturally appealing and highly energy-efficient.
    For this occasion, the Mall in front of the Capitol will be transformed
into a solar village. In this unique setting, the 20 finalist universities
from North America and Europe will take part in this international
competition. The teams will compete in 10 contests, which will be graded by
specialized judges for each category. The team that accumulates the most
points in the following categories will go home the winner: "Architecture -
Appliances - Energy balance - Comfort zone - Communications - Hot water -
Lighting - Engineering - Market viability - Getting around." The various
challenges will include doing laundry, making a four-course meal for eight,
and charging and using an electric vehicle. It will be possible to monitor the
competition on the Team Montreal Web site at www.solarmontreal.ca, where the
results of the various contests and team standings will be posted daily.
    Although it is currently concentrating on Washington, Team Montreal was
pleased to announce that when it returns from the Decathlon, the house will be
on display for five years at Montreal's Biosphere, in the
Environment Canada Museum. Watch for it in November.
    Team captain and ETS student Michael Chapman, who is very excited about
the impending competition, said the Decathlon was a real exercise in
collaboration and integration, combining Quebec engineering and innovation in
construction, automation, interior design and environment. "I applaud the
involvement and initiatives of our mentor and professor at ETS, Hugues Rivard,
Canada Research Chair in computer-assisted engineering for the design of
sustainable buildings. Many thanks to the whole team!"

    Below are some messages from university officials, expressing their pride
and confidence.

    Yves Beauchamp, general director, ETS:

    "With the research underway into the design of sustainable buildings,
water modeling and the environment, coupled with our professors' many
initiatives in environmental protection and sustainable development, future
engineers from ETS are well equipped and have the support they need to excel
in Washington."

    Anne Cormier, director, School of architecture, Université de Montréal:

    "This house is just like our students: warm, environmentally minded and
sparkling with creativity. By pooling their ideas and skills, our students
have brought together all the ingenuity in Montreal for this house of the
future. They will undoubtedly represent our university with flair at this
important international competition, and we are very proud of them."

    Simon Jones, mentor and lecturer in architecture, McGill University:

    "...Team Montreal is distinguished by many factors: two languages and
cultures, three universities, a wide array of programs ... but only one team!
A team of students that took an integrated approach and, coached by their
teachers, designed and built 'Lumen-Essence,' our solar house."

    Team Montreal would like to thank all of its partners and acknowledges
the generous support of Simple Concept and Bone Structure for the structure,
their facilities, expertise and the incomparable support of their entire team
and management. The full list of partners is available in the press kit and at

For further information:

For further information: Lise Gallant, Communications & PR coordinator,
Cellular: (514) 265-4590, l.gallant@solarmontreal.ca

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