Science, Health and Technology
4:50 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Habitat for Humanity promotes energy-efficient home in Columbia

Columbia city officials say they hope an energy-efficient home will be a model for future low-income housing projects.

Habitat for Humanity is building the "net-zero" home, which includes solar panels and a solar water heater, low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting.

It's the first time the organization has built such a home, which also has 45 percent more insulation than previous homes. The home also will be completely accessible to the disabled.

About a year ago, the city asked non-profit organizations to submit designs for energy-efficient homes that low-income families could afford.

The Columbia Missourian reports the house will sell for $107,000. It is expected to be completed in late spring or mid-summer next year.