EXCERPT: “The City of Minneapolis will help test an innovative, green housing design called MonoPath homes, developed by two University of Minnesota alumni. The Minneapolis City Council is receiving a $22,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the University. The University and the City will study nine MonoPath homes as they are built, looking for ways to make future homes better, faster and cheaper . . . MonoPath homes cut down on how much skill the workers constructing the building need to have, the number of subcontractors involved and the number of home designs to choose from, Steve Schirber said. Aside from having a design that is more environmentally friendly, MonoPath houses are more durable and energy efficient, Steve Schirber said. Pat Huelman, a Cold Climate Housing program coordinator and associate professor who led the project, said the project’s focus on interior systems — like smaller furnaces and air conditioners — helps with energy efficiency. ‘It’s really key in affordable housing to provide energy efficiency for folks who don’t have a lot of resources. It’s important to provide durability … and provide a healthy indoor environment,’ Huelman said.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2u9PgCP