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U.S Representative, Hal Rogers, visited the houseboat manufacturing facility, Stardust Cruisers, on June 9 to view the construction of an HBEER (Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residence) single-family home prototype. The unit, designed by UK/CoD architecture students, represents a new niche market for the economically depressed houseboat industry in Monticello, KY.
During his tour of the facility, Professor David Baigi had the opportunity to explain the features that make an HBEER unit unique. With a focus on energy efficiency, the homes will be virtually air tight, contain all energy star appliances, and be powered for around $1.65 a day. This will help families who struggle maintain a low monthly utility bill.
The prototype will be placed on a lot in downtown Monticello, KY and occupied by a family. Following the completion of this prototype, a new unit will be constructed and placed in Whitley County.
With the construction of these energy efficient residencies, the College of Design is developing design knowledge that positively impacts the lives of people around the Commonwealth, both in jobs created and efficient well-designed homes.