FIU helping build ``Future House USA'' in China

Florida International University is helping build ``Future House USA,'' a 32-hundred-square-foot structure that's set to become one of the world's most energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes.
The Miami-based university plans to show off the home in the
Summer Olympics in Beijing next year.

Construction began this spring on the house. An opening ceremony
is planned for the spring.

The Future House will include solar panels, geothermal heat
pumps, permeable paving, nontoxic building materials and a water recycling system.

The goal is to achieve ``zero net energy'' -- meaning the home
would produce as much energy as it uses.

No one will live in the house, but visitors can tour it.

Other project participants are China, England, Germany, Spain,
Italy, Sweden, Norway, South Korea and Japan.

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