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Originally published: 2014-03-20 14:16:27
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Our View: Make this house into a home

Gift registries as couples begin to build a life together are nothing new, but while a gift registry for a house is out of the ordinary, this one may actually help build affordable and adaptable lodging for generations to come.

As one of only 20 projects selected from among 44 candidates and 23 countries, Appalachian State University's entrance into the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 is a technological feat in itself. But projects of this magnitude -- especially projects which are not government subsidized -- don't get built without significant and vital help from volunteers and donations.

At this stage of development, students and leaders of Team Reciprocite have begun final assembly for testing. By May 1, the solar-powered house will be repackaged and shipped to Versailles, France, to be met by students from ASU's international partnering school, Universite┬┤ d'Angers.

Once there, the house will be reassembled and turned into a home -- with our help. Furnishing the unique space of Masion Reciprocity calls for carefully selected items, items which can be found at several registries, including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Target and Ikea. A visit to provides the details -- and the opportunity to be part of the development, and future, of sustainable housing.