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.
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.