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Courtesy of TeamMTL


The Solar Decathlon is an intense collegiate competition, held by the U.S. Department of Energy, requiring student teams to design and build efficient and innovative structures powered by renewable energy. Solar Decathlons take place across the globe – in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America/Caribbean [1]

 After more than two years of hard work, Canada’s sole entry in the 2018 Solar Decathlon competition has won first prize in the Architecture; Market Appeal; and Communications contests with thirds in the Innovation and Engineering contests making TeamMTL the biggest winner in the expert review juries. The collaborative effort between students and faculty from McGill University and Concordia University competed against 22 teams from 38 schools and 10 countries to construct the best solar-powered house. The team’s Deep Performance Dwelling (DPD) is net-zero energy capable and low or zero carbon system-built. It uses 80 percent less electricity than conventional homes. [2]


Solar Decathlon China, Architecture, 2018
Solar Decathlon China, Market Appeal, 2018
Solar Decathlon China, Communications, 2018


[1]      “Case Study.” Unicel Architecture. Solar Decathlon China 2018, 2018. https://unicelarchitectural.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unicel_ALUMINUM-SolarDecathlonChina-CaseStudy.pdf.

[2]        Nishihata, Junji. “McGill-Concordia Collaboration Wins Big in Solar-Powered House Competition.” McGill Reporter, December 11, 2018. https://reporter.mcgill.ca/mcgill-concordia-collaboration-wins-big-in-solar-powered-house-competition/.


Additional information:

“Arup Assists in 2018 Solar Decathlon China.” Arup, September 27, 2017. https://www.arup.com/news-and-events/arup-assists-in-2018-solar-decathlon-china.


“Ecocor to Be Industry Partner for TeamMTL at Solar Decathlon China 201.” PRWeb, June 13, 2017. https://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14419141.htm.


Gibson, Scott. “U.S. Panel Maker Joins Solar Competition in China.” GreenBuildingAdvisor, August 8, 2018. https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/u-s-panel-maker-joins-solar-competition-in-china.


Housing Decathlon. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://www.rockwool.com/fr-ca/qui-sommes-nous/presse/housing-decathlon/.


“Innovative PV System Tackles Home Emissions & Energy Use.” Targray, June 16, 2021. https://www.targray.com/media/articles/team-mtl-pv-system.


Jiang, Jennifer. “Solar Decathlon 2018.” Jennifer Jiang Portfolio, n.d.


“Joint Concordia-McGill Team Go to 2017 Solar Decathlon China.” The McGill Tribune, November 7, 2016. https://www.mcgilltribune.com/sci-tech/joint-mcgill-concordia-team-design-net-zero-energy-dwelling-730239/.


Owen. “Hydro-Québec Is Sponsoring TeamMTL’s Entry in Solar Decathlon.” Canadian Electrical Wholesaler. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://www.canadianelectricalwholesaler.ca/scene/1766-hydro-quebec-is-sponsoring-teammtl-s-entry-in-solar-decathlon.


“Prefab Passive House Enters Solar Competition.” Property & Build, September 13, 2017. https://www.propertyandbuild.com/prefab-passive-house-enters-solar-competition/.


“Québec to Sponsor TeamMTL’s Entry in Solar Decathlon China.” Hydro. Accessed July 8, 2021. http://news.hydroquebec.com/en/press-releases/1266/mcgill-university-and-concordia-university-students-are-teaming-up-as-the-sole-canadian-entry-in-the-prestigious-international-housing-design-competition/.


“Solar Decathlon China.” Solar Decathlon , n.d. sdchina.org.ca.


Speckert, Kathleen. “The Houses of the Future Will Hopefully Be Green.” The Suburban Newspaper, September 27, 2017. https://www.thesuburban.com/life/education/the-houses-of-the-future-will-hopefully-be-green/article_cadc8345-de96-5b3d-8af1-87f2d2b4aba6.html.


“Team Montreal’s Participation to the Solar Decathlon China.” Natural Resources Canada. / Gouvernement du Canada, September 21, 2017. https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/science-and-data/program-energy-research-and-development/program-energy-research-and-development-projects/team-montreals-participation-solar-decathlon-china-2017-competition/20004.


“TeamMTL: A Joint Team from McGill University and Concordia University Heads to China for the Sustainable Home Construction Competition.” Business Insider. Business Insider. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/teammtl-a-joint-team-from-mcgill-university-and-concordia-university-heads-to-china-for-the-sustainable-home-construction-competition-1027328473.


“TeamMTL: A Joint Team from McGill University and Concordia University Heads to China for the Sustainable Home Construction Competition.” Cision. Hydro-Québec, 2017. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/teammtl-a-joint-team-from-mcgill-university-and-concordia-university-heads-to-china-for-the-sustainable-home-construction-competition-686855271.html.


“These Montreal Students Have 22 Days to Build an Energy-Efficient Home in China | CBC News.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, July 22, 2018. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/team-mtl-energy-efficient-home-china-1.4757015.


“Unicel Part of TeamMTL’ s Green Residential Design Entry for 2018 Solar Decathlon China.” glassonweb.com. glassonweb.com, October 24, 2017. https://www.glassonweb.com/news/unicel-part-teammtl-s-green-residential-design-entry-2018-solar-decathlon-china.


Project Title: Deep Performance Dwelling (DPD)
Artists:  TeamMTL
Year: 2018

Place: Dezhou, China (Solar Decathlon 2018)

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