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The two full-scale HBEER prototypes were featured on the Lexington Herald Leader’s front page

January 3, 2012   |   School, Projects

From the Lexington Herald Leader: "Dennis Reynolds' new house isn't just a place to live. It's an experiment.

The 1,000-square-foot modular home is one of two prototype structures built during the past year in a project to develop highly energy-efficient, relatively low-cost houses that may be built at southern Kentucky factories that ordinarily produce houseboats.

Those factories have been hit hard by the recession. Several have closed, and employment is down significantly from before the economic downturn.The project to create a new product for houseboat makers is a partnership of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp.; the University of Kentucky College of Design, with help from UK's Center for Applied Energy Research; and the Stardust Cruisers houseboat factory in Wayne County.Workers at Stardust built two of the prototypes in 2011, piecing them together on the same lines where houseboats were being built." Read more here.