The 2017 Team Maryland developed reACT—short for Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology— demonstrating that homes can help people live in harmony with nature while at the same time harnessing her gifts of solar energy, water, and food. Designed with influences from Nanticoke and Maryland (Delmarva) tribal traditions, reACT includes a composting system, hydroponic garden, vegetable garden, and movable “living walls” covered in plants. The project also demonstrates urban farming—an important facet of self-sufficient living.
The Maryland team invites you to think of reACT as a living organism, with six modules performing vital functions. Systems that capture and process waste, water, and energy allow the house to operate with complete self-sufficiency, and the house’s living systems are fully disentangled from structure, so the house can adapt as occupants’ needs change—for example, by adding a new bedroom module. Much more than a “one-off,” reACT is intended to serve as a seminal prototype for a "house as a kit of parts" design concept. This kit consists of separate components and systems parts that can be efficiently manufactured, transported, assembled, and disassembled. The intention is to create a home-building kit that can be readily adapted to a range of clients, communities, construction technologies, and ecological environments.
Features and Technologies:
A mechanical core manages the flow of water, air, and energy.
A central courtyard with an operable glass roof and wall panels extends the living space and acts as a solar heat collector.
The house demonstrates urban and ancestral Native American farming with a hydroponic garden, exterior vegetable garden, and movable living walls.
A barrel composter turns food scraps into nutrients, and a composting toilet processes human waste.
A solar electric PV array with battery storage; rainwater and greywater collection and treatment systems; and a composting toilet allow the house to operate independently.
Designed with influences from Nanticoke and Maryland tribal traditions, the house incorporates materials that consider tribal environmental ethics.
An automated SmartHouse data collection and control system package enables residents to follow and learn from the data it collects and use energy wisely.
Browsing Solar Decathlon 2017: Team reACT by Subject "health & safety"
(2016-04-29) Team reACT; Rockcastle, Garth C; Binder, Michael P; Adomaitis, Raymond A
Mission Statement; Detailed strategy for winning the competition including a contest-by-contest breakdown; Design drawings and/or written description of the following systems and components, with identification of any unique systems and components that are being considered; Summary of potential innovations and non-standard elements being pursued; Description of public exhibit, communications, and outreach strategy; Computer-generated renderings of competition prototype design; Health and Safety Plan outline including approach to meeting OSHA training requirement; Identification of the licensed design professional expected to stamp structural documentation
(2016-11-17) Team reACT; Campbell, Jamie; Goo, Emily; Sudarsanan, Srijesh; Binder, Michael P; Adomaitis, Raymond A
Project Overview. Detailed Water Budget. Interconnection Information Form, including summary of any unlisted electrical components. Summary of reconfigurable features. Health and Safety Approach. Energy Analysis and Model.
(2017-02-23) Team reACT; Habib, Sophie; Binder, Michael P; Rockcastle, Garth C
Identifies the following elements: Risk minimization, address major hazards that may be encountered during assembly and disassembly activities on the competition site, injury prevention to team and crew members, volunteers, subcontractors, organizers, and the public, identify areas of high risk and include descriptions in necessary level of detail to ensure the health and safety of all site personnel, compliance with applicable regulations and the roles and responsibilities for the Team’s core supervisory personnel (Project Manager, Construction Manager and Health and Safety Officer(s)) during competition.
(2017-08-10) Team reACT; Goo, Emily; May, Peter; Binder, Michael P
In 2011, Team Maryland’s WaterShed won first place in part due to the inclusion of water use as a design focus. Since then Solar Decathlon teams have consistently integrated water use and reuse strategies into their designs. In Solar Decathlon 2017 smart water solutions has been recognized as its own contest for the first time. This new contest is important not only because water is a precious resource, but also because water and energy are inextricably linked—it takes water to make the energy we use, and it takes energy to treat and deliver the clean water we require. This conservation section of this report compares reACT’s expected use to that of a standard code-compliant house how water conservation strategies are integrated into its design elements, and how it encourages the homeowner to use less water. This report also covers the topics of reclamation and reuse and how react manages to achieve them, including how health and safety is considered. Lastly, reACT’s landscaping and irrigation design is explained and how it deals with climate, hardscaping, plant selection, and how it achieves energy and efficiency in water use.