Two years before the University of Maryland took first place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, a group of students, faculty and professional mentors came together under a common purpose—to create a beautiful, sustainable and affordable home that responds to the needs of both its owners and the environment. The result is WaterShed, named for Maryland's beloved Chesapeake Bay, and reflecting the team's desire to change the way people use and conserve water. Their journey, from early concept meetings to WaterShed's win in West Potomac Park, demonstrates the value of multi-disciplinary collaboration in creative innovative design. Their project serves as a model for the building industry, providing a smart, sustainable alternative to residential living as the world faces a challenging and changing environment.
The WaterShed team comprises over 200 students from various departments and schools, including the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; the A. James Clark School of Engineering; the college of Computer, Mathematical and Natural sciences; and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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