Solar Decathlon: University of Maryland's "reACT" / by Alexander Dzurec

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The office is still buzzing from our Denver weekend, so we’ve decided to share our Solar Decathlon excitement with you!

Today we’re highlighting the University of Maryland’s entry: reACT (Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology).

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This design had it all! It was obvious that this team thought through every element of their self-reliant and efficient home. Their focus was to create homes that integrate native environments by utilizing solar energy, water, and food. Maryland looked to the native traditions of their local tribes for inspiration; resulting in a building system that is adaptable and responsive to diverse communities and ecosystems. Built in a modular assembly structure, their design was customizable and reconfigurable to suit specific needs of each family.

UniversityMaryland_SolarDecathlon2017
UniversityMaryland_SolarDecathlon2017

The home implemented a solar energy system, but also included systems that recycled heat as a resource, gray and rain water to produce clean water, enabled residents to use less water, and supported self-sufficiency, clean energy and off-the-grid living through many additional “reACTive” systems. 

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UniversityMaryland_SolarDecathlon2017

We particularly loved their indoor and outdoor garden spaces and green walls, as well as their food drying rack that retracted from the ceiling!

Two thumbs up team Maryland!!!!!!