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Lumen Essence, now called Ecoological House, is at home on the grounds of Environment Canada's Biosphère Musée de L'environnement.
(Courtesy of La Biosphère d'Environnement Canada)

Who: Team Montréal
What: Lumen Essence, renamed Ecoological House
Biosphère Musée de L'environnement 160 Chemin Tour de l'Isle Île Sainte-Hélène Montréal H3C 4G8 Canada
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Solar Decathlon 2007

Team Montréal: Keeping Good Company

Team Montréal rebuilt Lumen Essence at Environment Canada’s Biosphère Musée de L’environnement after finishing eighth overall in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2007. Lumen Essence was renamed Ecoological House and officially reopened to the public on June 23, 2008.

For five years, Team Montréal’s house taught Biosphère museum visitors about energy-efficient design and advanced technologies accessible to homeowners. The exhibit closed in 2013.

The house was originally created by three Canadian universities—école de Technologie Supérieure, Université de Montréal, and McGill University. It featured custom walls, soy insulation, low-e windows, photovoltaic panels, and a green roof atop a steel-frame base.