Introduction to reACT – University of Maryland’s Winning Entry in the 2017 Solar Decathlon

reACT (Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology) is the University of Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon competition, which was held in Denver in October 2017. reACT won Second Place in the competition overall, First in the Nation.

reACT integrates several innovative technologies to create a new model for sustainable (regenerative) home design. Many of these technologies are scalable to large projects and to community design as well.

In this presentation, sponsored by the AIA|DC Committee on the Environment, students and faculty from Team Maryland will describe the goals of the project and the design implementation to meet these goals. Students will also lead the audience on a virtual tour of the house.

Presented by: UMD Student Design and Construction Team

The design and construction team includes students from Architecture and Engineering at the University of Maryland. This multi-disciplinary team learned to work across University academic and political boundaries to form a common vision for reACT. During the competition, Architecture students proudly explained the designs of the Engineering students, and vice-versa.

Organized by: Committee on the Environment (COTE)  with Living Building Challenge Collaborative



After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain regenerative design principles demonstrated in reACT;
  • Describe reACT’s implementation of regenerative design principles and how they can be used in other projects;
  • Describe how regenerative technologies can be integrated with architectural design; and
  • Discuss the potential impact of the reACT prototype on single family housing design and community development.