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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:27 pm | Updated: 8:38 pm, Tue Jan 24, 2012.

A German solar-powered home that's on a tour of North America will make a stop in Tempe, opening Monday to showcase the latest in ultra-efficient design and technology.

Called dasHAUS, the structure shows German energy efficiency products that are new to the market. That includes thin-film photovoltaic roof, solar-powered lighting, high-efficiency appliances, vacuum insulated panel systems and heat-recovery climate control and ventilation systems.

The house will be in the Valley through Jan. 30, just east of the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. It will be open by appointment for tours to schoolchildren, the general public and various professionals, said Tempe spokeswoman Kris Baxter-Ging.

"It's good for all ages. They have tours designed for children, on the way up to experts," Baxter-Ging said. "We're hoping everybody can come away with something."

The Arizona tour will include a free, professional-level conference about sustainable building and solar energy from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the arts center.

The Tempe stop for dasHAUS is the third of 12 cities it will visit in North America. The exhibit is put on by Tempe, Arizona State University and the German American Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on dasHAUS and the schedule of events, visit http://evtnow.com/dashaus. Or call (415) 248-1242.

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