RSC’s September Explorations Field Trip took us to the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center, with a tour of the beautiful and energy-efficient WaterShed home, winner of the 2011 national Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes that push the limits of innovation. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market appeal, and energy and water efficiency. At the time of this writing, the WaterShed, designed by a team from University of Maryland, is still the highest-scoring model from all years of the competition.
Our tour was led by Scott Tjaden, one of the original designers of the WaterShed. The house integrates a lovely natural pond and wetland environment outside with rooftop water filtering and indoor water and energy efficiency.
Thanks to Scott for the very enlightening tour of the WaterShed, and to Bob Erdman and Scott Wilson from EVA-DC for bringing your Tesla and Kia Soul electric vehicles for us to see.
– Writeup and photos (except the feature image, which is courtesy of Pepco) by Helen Triolo