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Maryland Day Open House 2019

April 27, 2019
11:00 AM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT
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LEAFHouse
3907 Metzerott Road
College Park, MD 20740
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Today, sustainability is a core focus of many of our pursuits in urban planning, land use, agriculture, manufacturing, and certainly design. Join us at the award-winning LEAFHouse for our Sustainable Living Open House, a busy day of hands-on demonstrations showing ways to apply the latest thoughts on sustainability to our homes and landscapes.

LEAFHouse is the University of Maryland's award-winning 2007 Solar Decathlon entry, now owned and operated by the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation and serving as the chapter house for AIA Potomac Valley. It was designed and built by UMD students and faculty and is now used as a public educational center and showcase for issues related to sustainability and resiliency. Come see for yourself what a solar powered home is like, learn about its innovative energy systems and design features, and speak with designers and experts about "green" home design. There will music, food, fun, and LOTS to see and experience. 


In conjunction with the University of Maryland's Maryland Day 2019, the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) has an Open House planned with lots of hands-on demonstrations, live music, and food.
As an educational outreach to the public, we will show ways to apply the latest thoughts on sustainability to our own homes and landscapes. Interactive exhibits will include a display of what a "Green Roof" looks like up close, how to grow food in small spaces, both inside and out, and a demonstration of solar energy involving a kiddy pool! On the more technical side, we will have a Blower Door set up, with monitoring instruments, and a first-of-it's kind research project where roof-top water is filtered through an algae media that removes pollution particulate matter. We also will have a demonstration panel of airsealing techniques for outlets and switchplates to minimize air intrusion. And let's not forget the popcorn we will be serving from a solar oven!

IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO LEAFhouse, THIS IS A GREAT DAY TO COME AND SEE THE BUILDING AND EXPERIENCE WHAT PVAF DOES!

Open to the public and all ages! Come directly to LEAFHouse following these directions or hop on our LEAFHouse shuttle at the School of Architecture, which will make the loop every 15-20 minutes. Campus parking is free on Maryland Day. The complimentary shuttle transportation will start at the Architecture Building parking lot and make round trips to LEAFHouse, beginning at 10:45 am and make the last departure from LEAFHouse at 2:00 pm.

Volunteers are welcome to help on Maryland Day! If you can spare an hour or two, and learn much more about LEAFHouse in the process, please fill out this short online form.

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