04 Oct '11, 2pm

Winning Solar Decathlon house includes 'constructed wetlands' instead of gardens

The Chesapeake Bay's sad state has yielded on positive result: the bay ecosystem inspired the University of Maryland's "WaterShed" house, which won the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon over the weekend. You can take a tour of the house above. WaterShed features solar panels, a green roof, a rain harvesting system, solar thermal water heating, sink and shower water filtration, "constructed wetlands" instead of gardens, and an indoor waterfall (!) that helps control humidity. It won the architecture competition and received a perfect score on "energy balance." It also came in second on market appeal. And unlike some of the contestants, it does look like a house one might actually want to live in (if one lived in Maryland, the merits of which other GristListers are more qualified to discuss than I am).

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-04-take-a-video-tour-of...

Tweets

Solar Decathlon Winners

Solar Decathlon Winners

cleantechnica.com 04 Oct '11, 10am

Appalachian State University won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 People’s Choice Award for its Solar Ho...

Big news! @umdwatershed takes 1st in @SolarDecathlon 2011 @mieleusa @White_Good @justjuliepa >We were there!

Big news! @umdwatershed takes 1st in @SolarDeca...

eco-structure.com 04 Oct '11, 9pm

The University of Maryland’s WaterShed house, which won the individual architecture contest, was inspired by the Chesapeak...

University of Maryland Wins @Energy 's Solar Decathlon @UMDWatershed #SD2011

University of Maryland Wins @Energy 's Solar De...

treehugger.com 03 Oct '11, 4pm

But it also came second in market appeal, where building industry professionals ask "Does the house have curb appeal, inte...

University of Maryland Wins Solar Decathlon 2011

University of Maryland Wins Solar Decathlon 2011

solarfeeds.com 03 Oct '11, 5pm

Students at the University of Maryland won the 2011 showcase for innovative and affordable solar powered homes known as th...

The Solar Decathlon Winner – #SD2011

jetsongreen.com 02 Oct '11, 8am

After all the scores have been gathered and added, the Department of Energy today announced that the overall winner of Sol...

Maryland Team Wins Solar House Contest #solar

green.blogs.nytimes.com 02 Oct '11, 6pm

Jim Tetro/Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Intended for a working couple who can use the house as home and office, the...

Innovative Technology at Solar Decathlon: *This is a sponsored article in association with Plastics Make It Pos...

Innovative Technology at Solar Decathlon: *This...

jetsongreen.com 30 Sep '11, 2pm

*This is a sponsored article in association with Plastics Make It Possible. The Solar Decathlon is an event we cover every...

The story behind #SD2011, a look @SolarHomestead design & award winning @umdwatershed @Purdue_IN_Home @FirstLight_NZ

The story behind #SD2011, a look @SolarHomestea...

renewableenergymagazine.com 13 Oct '11, 8am

This fun event captured the imagination of thousand of visitors, and a number of innovative and potentially marketable ide...

Green Blog: Maryland Team Wins Solar House Contest

green.blogs.nytimes.com 01 Oct '11, 8pm

Jim Tetro/Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Intended for a working couple who can use the house as home and office, the...

Green Blog: Maryland Team Wins Solar House Contest

green.blogs.nytimes.com 01 Oct '11, 8pm

Jim Tetro/Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Intended for a working couple who can use the house as home and office, the...

Maryland Team Wins Solar House Contest

green.blogs.nytimes.com 01 Oct '11, 8pm

Jim Tetro/Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Intended for a working couple who can use the house as home and office, the...

Maryland Team Wins Solar House Contest

green.blogs.nytimes.com 01 Oct '11, 8pm

Jim Tetro/Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Intended for a working couple who can use the house as home and office, the...

2011 Solar Decathlon: And we have a winner

2011 Solar Decathlon: And we have a winner

mnn.com 02 Oct '11, 7am

After scoring consistently well throughout the competition, Indiana's Purdue University took second place overall (931 poi...

Coal energy drink keeps you going—until it all ...

grist.org 04 Oct '11, 1pm

coal Coal energy drink keeps you going—until it all runs out by Christopher Mims 4 Oct 2011 9:39 AM Brought to you by the ...