WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home that comprises systems which interact with each other and the environment. A home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water, WaterShed not only conserves but produces resources with the water it captures. Inspired by the rich, complex ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the home displays harmony between modernity, tradition, and simple building strategies, balancing time-trusted best practices and cutting-edge technological solutions to achieve high efficiency performance in an affordable manner. WaterShed placed first overall in the competition! See the full scoring and standing results on the Solar Decathlon website here. For information on how to visit WaterShed, please visit our Plan Your Visit page here.

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