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Eco-friendly Hamburg House aspires to be model for future

CONSTRUCTION began yesterday of an eco-friendly house on the Puxi section of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site - a house which can create the perfect environment without traditional heating or air-conditioning.

The "Hamburg House" will incorporate both living and office functions. It will cover 570 square meters with an exhibition area of about 3,000 square meters.

The house will use solar and geothermal energies as well as ventilation systems to make its energy consumption 86 percent less than ordinary buildings of the same size. It will consume only 50 kilowatts per square meter per year but will cost up to 10 percent more than a traditional structure.

The inspiration came from the German city's "HafenCity" project, where old buildings on the waterfront of the River Elbe are being renovated. The program is one of the largest urban restructuring projects in Europe and will take another 10 years to complete.

Hamburg people want their Expo pavilion to remain as a permanent model for Shanghai's future buildings, Anja Hajduk, senator of the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, told a press conference yesterday.

Hamburg is to invest a total of 6 million euros (US$7.97 million) in its Expo showcase, including 4 million euros for the "Hamburg House."


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