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 Title
This report articulates and describes reACT's underlying principles and foundational theories of the essential role of the indigenous voice, and specifically Native American participation, in climate action.
This video was first presented in a virtual Conference of the 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment Sensing (SEES2018). It reviews the sd2017 house technologies that wed indigenous (Nanticoke Tribe) sustainability practices and western technology.
(2016-03-31) Team reACT; Rockcastle, Garth C; Adomaitis, Raymond A; Binder, Michael P
Project Management Plan that outlines your team structure, approach to the competition, general work schedule (including plan for continued progress over the summer of 2016), course integration, and fundraising schedules.
(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
(2016-09-15) Team reACT; Campbell, Jamie; Cossard, Patricia Kosco; Rockcastle, Garth C
Updated 100-word description of team and its goals (second iteration); Digital representation (renderings, graphic floor plan, photography of scale model, animation, etc.) of competition prototype design; Team photograph; Summary of unique project elements, considerations, innovations, research, or technology being considered; Summary of team’s current online presence, including social media accounts and website address; Summary of public outreach conducted and press coverage achieved to-date.
(2016-11-17) Team reACT; Johnson-Williams, Malik; Oh Boun, Sandra; Elmahadi, Alla; Rockcastle, Garth C; Binder, Michael P
90% complete construction documentation: General, including solar envelope compliance, accessible tour route, finished square footage, water delivery and removal compliance information, and constructed footprint calculations. Site, including temporary footing locations, ground penetrations, and adjustable footings. Landscape, including plantings, containers, and watering methodology. Structural, including building, decking, and associated structures. Architectural, including dimensioned floorplans, building sections, detailed sections, reflected ceiling plans, roof plans, elevations, window and door schedules, and exterior structures. Interiors, including finishes, furniture layout, and cabinetry. Fire Protection, including sprinklers and required detection systems. Plumbing, including layout, schedules, and diagrams. Mechanical, including layout, schedules, diagrams, and installation requirements. Electrical, including AC and DC layout, 1-line diagrams, 3-line diagrams, and sizing calculations. Telecommunications, including instrumentation, wiring, and associated elements. Operations, including house transportation, assembly methodology, and staging.
(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.
(2016-12-15) Team reACT; Johnson-Williams, Malik; Southard, Renata; Zain, Shah; Rockcastle, Garth C
Animated walkthrough created from architectural renderings to date. This was used by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 as part of their media package. Team Maryland used it for various outreach and fundraising events.
(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.
(2017-02-23) Team reACT; Oh Boun, Sandra; Johnson-Williams, Malik; Rockcastle, Garth C; Adomaitis, Raymond A
100% complete construction documentation, with sufficient detail for a contractor to build the competition prototype house as it is expected to appear on the competition site. The documentation shall include complete and final design details, house system specifications, and construction.
(2017-02-23) Team reACT; Sudarsanan, Srijesh; Goo, Emily; Dhumane, Rohit; Binder, Michael P; Adomaitis, Raymond A; Hwang, Yunho; Rockcastle, Garth C
Project Manual includes the project overview, detailed water budget, summary of unlisted electrical components and reconfigurable features, complete energy analysis and model, construction specifications, draft cost estimate, and summary of changes.
(2017-02-23) Team reACT; Vlajnic, Ana; Binder, Michael P
Complete structural design, including structural calculations and specifications, stamped by a design professional licensed to stamp residential structural drawings and calculations in the team’s authority having jurisdiction and with educational and professional qualifications comparable to those required for licensure in the state of Colorado, and demonstrating compliance with the Solar Decathlon Building Code.
(2017-04-27) Team reACT; Habib, Sophie; Machado, Christiane; Schrantz, Emma; Binder, Michael P
Photographic documentation of the construction process, still images. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 teams must develop and implement communications strategies to engage their local communities, provide free tours to visitors during the event in Denver, and make an impact across the world through their digital presence and media outreach.
(2017-04-27) Team reACT; Goldstein, Gregory; Rockcastle, Garth C
Animation of how the house was constructed and moved to the exhibition site in Denver, Colorado. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 teams must develop and implement communications strategies to engage their local communities, provide free tours to visitors during the event in Denver, and make an impact across the world through their digital presence and media outreach.
(2017-04-27) Team reACT; Molyneaux-Francis, Michael; Cossard, Patricia Kosco
Restaurant-style dinner party menu for each dinner party, and a comprehensive ingredient list for each, to be used during the Home Life Contest, suitable for the client market of Native Americans. Items are from the Native lands, rivers, and seas.
(2017-04-27) Team reACT; Schrantz, Emma; Binder, Michael P; Cossard, Patricia Kosco
Design of onsite signage, team handout, digital displays, or other products intended to convey information to the public, plan depicting location of all public exhibit materials, and team website and/or social media properties. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 teams must develop and implement communications strategies to engage their local communities, provide free tours to visitors during the event in Denver, and make an impact across the world through their digital presence and media outreach.