UK students working on solar house concept with two other schools

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Students from three universities are working on a solar house concept they hope will be useful as low-cost, energy-efficient housing after natural disasters.

The team from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., are putting the final touches on the Phoenix House - a domicile that may one day replace temporary trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

University of Louisville civil and environmental engineering professor Mark McGinley told The Courier-Journal the team wanted a modular home that could be assembled quickly and transported by truck to a disaster location.

The main module contains a kitchen, bathroom and living room areas and appliances and utilities.

The homes would be equipped with solar panels to produce electricity along with high-efficiency heating.

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