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British researchers are using a real-life snowglobe to make sure that an energy-efficient home can withstand the seasons. The so-called “energy house” is currently being built inside an artificial weather shell that can generate humidity, snow and rain — essentially all of the weather elements a real house would be subject to.

The home is designed to resemble a typical two-up, two-down terrace style UK house — an early 1900’s design that is extremely energy inefficient. But the energy house, which is still under construction, will in fact features extensive insulation, low-energy appliances, and double-glazing. The artificial weather shell is anticipated to help researchers test the construction of the house without having to wait for real-life inclement weather to wreak havoc.