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SOLAR DECATHLON V
WaterShed 05
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
The overall winner of Decathlon V, WaterShed is a microscale ecosystem that manages storm water, filters pollutants, harvests and recycles grey water and minimizes potable water use.


The Chesapeake Bay watershed is home to 3,600 species of plant and animal life as well as 17 million people. The University of Maryland’s WaterShed mimics and serves as a micro-ecosystem, an example to help manage the state’s larger ecosytem. For the competition, Maryland even brought its own wetlands to the National Mall.


Water is the defining theme of WaterShed. As if perched on an alluvial island, the split-house butterfly form embraces its surrounding constructed wetlands.


 


Water forms an axis for the holistic splithouse butterfly form. A bathroom links the two wings of the house with an open shower that looks out on installed wetlands.


TEAM: WaterShed is the result of collaborative efforts involving over 200 students from diverse disciplines across the University of Maryland campus, with help from eight faculty advisors and numerous mentors. Team Web site: http://2011.solarteam.org/team

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