Team North holds receptions to promote innovative solar-powered home

    WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - North House, an advanced solar-powered home
being developed by Team North, will hold two receptions this week in Cambridge
and Toronto to launch the next phase of this timely project.
    Team North, which involves students and faculty at the University of
Waterloo, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University, along with industry
partners, is one of only two Canadian entries selected to participate in the
prestigious 2009 Solar Decathlon competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
    The decathlon will be held Oct. 9-18 on the National Mall in Washington,
D.C., drawing 20 university teams with prototype solar homes from around the
world. The teams will each build a full-scale house to compete in 10
categories measuring quality and performance.
    Team North will develop North House -- a marketable solar-powered home
for people with active lifestyles. The team aims to combine green building,
solar and interactive technologies in order to reduce energy demand, foster a
conservation ethic and boost the quality of life for Canadians.
    Guest speaker at both gala events this week will be Richard King,
director of the Solar Decathlon.

    DATE:     Wednesday, Feb. 11

    TIME:     5 to 8 p.m.

    LOCATION: Bulthaup Showroom, 280 King St. E., Toronto


    DATE:     Thursday, Feb. 12

    TIME:     7 to 10 p.m.

    LOCATION: UW school of architecture, 7 Melville St. S., Cambridge

    For more information on Team North and North House,

For further information:

For further information: Maun Demchenko, Director of Public Relations,
Team North, (519) 841-0965 or; John Morris, UW
media relations, (519) 888-4435 or

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