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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Maryland: University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland is bringing reACT to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The team has two interested target markets for reACT—the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. The team plans to develop partnerships with innovative housing industry leaders, use the prototype developed for the competition, and leverage their research and development findings from Solar Decathlon to produce houses based on the competition prototype for the two tribes.

Design Philosophy

reACT is intended to serve as a seminal prototype for a "house as a kit of parts" design concept with the kit consisting of separate components and systems parts that can be efficiently manufactured, transported, assembled, and disassembled. The idea is that the home-building kit can be readily adapted to a range of clients, communities, construction technologies, and ecological environments.


    Planned Features and Technologies

    • A central spine made up of essential mechanical, electrical, waste and water systems that separates the public and private living spaces
    • A greenhouse roof that opens to the outdoors, and a courtyard that extends the living area during warmer seasons
    • A solar electric system with battery storage
    • Rainwater collection, filtration, and storage, as well greywater filtration and storage, and a composting toilet, thus allowing the house to operate independently of utilities
    • An automated smartHouse data collection and control system package to enable residents to follow and learn from the data it collects and use energy wisely.


    Patricia Cossard

    Past Houses