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Second Place!

UPDATE: We are proud to announce the formation of LDWorks, LLC, and the national and international patent-pending status of the Liquid Desiccant Waterfall !!!

UPDATE: LEAFHouse was awarded an Award for Distinctive Residential Architecture in the Washingtonian / American Institute of Architects 28th Annual Awards Program. As a professional awards program,  the Washingtonian magazine and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Washingtonian Residential Design Awards Program honors distinctive residential projects, regardless of size or classification, on the basis of excellence in total design.
The awards were announced in the June 2009 issue of the Washingtonian with a short article and photographs of the winning projects; certificates will be presented to the winners at the Chapter’s annual spring Garden Party. Winners will also appear in the Summer Issue of ARCHITECTUREDC Magazine.


In the 2007 Solar Decathlon, the University of Maryland's LEAFHouse took 2nd place overall and won the People's Choice award for the second time in a row. We placed 1st or 2nd in half of the individual competitions:

LEAFHouse also won these honors, awarded by industry groups at the Solar Decathlon:
  • ASHRAE: Integration for Renewables for Sustainable Living
  • NAHB: First Place in the NAHB Marketing Curb Appeal Award
And LEAFHouse won this AIA Honor on 10.21.07:
  • PVAIA Chapter Award for the Special Award for the “Advancement of the Art and Science of Architecture”
LEAFHouse didn't escape the notice of state legislators!   On 01.28.08, LEAFHouse Team was invited to the Maryland State House to receive binding resolutions from the state Senate and House, commending the work of the Team.

At its annual awards ceremony, IEEE honored LEAFHouse Team on 04.12.08
  • "For dedicated interest in the pursuit of advancing solar technology to improve our standard of living, we honor these students for their efforts in participating in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition by building and displaying, on the National Mall, a livable solar home."

Interested in future Decathlons? Please contact us.

leaf house on campus

LEAFHouse is back on campus, in the process of being re-assembled.  It will serve as the office / meeting space for the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (PVAIA). The Potomac Valley Architectural Foundation will assume stewardship of the LEAFHouse with the intent to continue the mission that the Team began - that of educating as many people as possible about Leading Everyone to an Abundant Future.

about leaf house

The University of Maryland is proud to be a third-time participant in the Solar Decathlon, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Born of the elegant marriage of biological knowledge and cutting-edge technology, LEAFHouse, our adaptable resource-efficient house, demonstrates what happens when bioinspired design savvy, traditional know-how, and 21st-century technology join as integral parts of a sustainable lifestyle. Read our complete vision.

Maryland paced fourth in 2002, and won the People's Choice Award in 2005.






Solar Decathlon
Oct. 12 - 20, 2007
Washington D.C
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LEAFHouse on the mall! Picture taken on October 16, 2007 when the team won the communications contest                    
LEAFHouse is on Campus
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