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      Eco-friendly construction systems come to Joplin

      A group of Drury University students have presented a plan for a demonstration house that supporters hope could help make Joplin a model of environmentally sound rebuilding from disasters.

      A group of Drury University students have presented a plan for a demonstration house that supporters hope could help make Joplin a model of environmentally sound rebuilding from disasters.

      Ten architecture students and two professors unveiled the home plan Tuesday night at a meeting of GreenTown Joplin, which promotes sustainable rebuilding.

      The home, dubbed Monarch Eco-Home, includes different types of materials and techniques for making a building energy-efficient and storm resistant.

      GreenTown was founded in Greensburg, Kan., which was demolished in 2007 by a tornado.

      The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/16gTXMz) the building would use solar panels on the roof to generate more energy than it uses. It also includes insulated walls and floors, a rainwater collection system and other environmentally friendly materials.