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University of Maryland 2005 Solar Decatholon
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The team has been researching both technologies available to consumers today and products being developed. Recently, a delegation of team members attended the 2005 International Builder's Show in Orlando to see the newest products available.

Follow the links below for more information about each technology used in the 2005 Maryland House. Don't miss the entire section about the photovoltaic power system.

Photovoltaic Power System

Solar PanelAt the heart of Maryland's 2005 Solar Decathlon home is a sophisticated photovoltaic (PV) power system.  The components of this system will exclusively power the home during the competition.

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Solar Hot Water

Apricus Solar Hot Water TubesTake a hot shower. Apricus water heating tubes provide all the hot water for the house, including the hot water for the radiant floor.

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Aquatherm Fusiotherm Polypropylene Pipe Maryland's 2005 Solar Decathlon house will feature Aquatherm Fusiotherm polypropylene pipes.

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Energy Recovery Ventilator

Energy Recovery Ventilator

Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) operate by exchanging stale, interior air for fresh, outdoor air, while preserving indoor temperature and humidity levels.

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Radiant Floor System

Radiant Floor TubesA hydronic radiant floor heating system warms the house.

Learn how it works.

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Thermal Mass

Thermal MassA concrete or gypsum slab allows a home to store heat during the day for later use at night, and can help keep a home's temperature uniform year round.

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Fire Protection System

FireStay cool in the 2005 Solar House. A complete fire protection system is installed in the house.

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Electric Car

Electric CarEach team in the 2005 Solar Decathlon must charge up and log miles on a GEM e4 electric vehicle.

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