Friday, February 22, 2013

Ascent - TRU Performance Home Design Contest

Ascent Systems Technologies in collaboration with Architecture and Technology Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is announcing a prize for the best design of a performance home for Sun Peaks Resort.

Sun Peaks Resort is a mountain village in the Interior British Columbia, Canada with some of the best snow in North America. Long recognized for some of the best ski conditions in Canada, Sun Peaks Resort attracts a growing number of skiers and snowboarders each winter with its champagne powder and wide variety of terrain. It is also one of the youngest and is the first Mountain Resort Municipality in Canada.

Sun Peaks is rapidly becoming a place of choice for people who want invest in both in some of the finest pieces of real estate and an active lifestyle.  Its mountain conditions however present a challenge for an architect and a builder. Steep elevations with trees, wide range of temperatures, from +25C in summer to -30C in winter, large amount of snowfall, and the absence of "cheap" natural gas all require for a special approach to design and construction. At the same time, it offers a great opportunity to try new ideas ! More than 2000 hours of sunshine a year, clean air void of any industrial pollution ask for utilizing some of the most abundant and non-exhaustible resources - energy of sun.  There are number of technologies and ways to improve energy efficiency of the mountain home.

The best performance home award will be given to the design which will be not only energy efficient, but also functional, have distinct style, be easily accessible, allow for maintainability, expandability and upgrade for future emerging technologies.  

If you would like to sponsor students competition, please contact Vladimir:

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