University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon

The home built by the University of Maryland team also features a green roof that slows rainwater runoff to the landscape and improves the house’s energy efficiency.

The students designed WaterShed with a strategy that balanced tradition and technology. The kitchen opens to a pergola shaded by edible vines like snap peas and grapes.

WaterShed’s split butterfly roofs collect and direct water into the axis at the core of the house.

A large window in the bathroom offers a view to the outdoors, while an on-site wetland helps filter and recycle graywater from the shower, clothes washer, and dishwasher.

Appalachian State University won the People’s Choice Award for its Solar Homestead, a net-zero energy confection inspired by early traditional Appalachian settlements.

An interior shot of Appalachian State's Solar Decathlon home.

Solar Homestead’s six outbuildings include an outdoor living space (the Great Porch) and adaptable Flex Space with a half-bath, outdoor shower, and outdoor kitchen.

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