KREAMER, PA -- Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc. provided thermo-treated wood used by the winning entry of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon.

The University of Maryland won with "Watershed," a solar-powered home that drew its inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Bingaman supplied thermo-treated ash deck lumber and thermo-treated poplar siding for the project. Thermo-treated lumber is a chemically-free process that thermally modifies lumber by placing it in an oxygen-free kiln at approximately 400F for up to 16 hours.

The University of Maryland’s Watershed project beat out 18 other Solar Decathlon teams, representing colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, China, Belgium and New Zealand.

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