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Solar Decathlon 2011

University of Maryland

WaterShed was the first-place winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. After the competition, the University of Maryland's entry was purchased by Pepco, the electric service provider to Maryland and Washington, D.C. In July 2013, Pepco began the six-week re-assembly of the house at one of its facilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2017, AIA Maryland named the house one of the "25 must-see buildings in Maryland."

According to a University of Maryland press release, "The house will serve as a 'living classroom' and a 'living laboratory' to demonstrate smart, clean energy options, blending its original technological and design innovations with Pepco's own advanced technology, such as its smart thermostats and home-based electric vehicle charging stations."

WaterShed was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and is a model for how a house can help preserve watersheds everywhere by managing storm water onsite, filtering pollutants from greywater, and minimizing water use.

Photo of a section of WaterShed being lowered into its final location by crane. Enlarge image

Solar Decathlon 2011 first-place winner WaterShed was recently re-assembled at one of Pepco's facilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. (Courtesy of Amy Gardner)

Who: University of Maryland
What: WaterShed
201 West Gude Drive
Rockville, MD
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