Daniel Karlov, the architect of Columbia’s first net-zero house, explains how the vaulted ceilings will help support the solar panels on Monday March 31, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. Construction on the home began in October 2013 and is expected to be finished in May 2014.
The house under construction at the corner of Ash and Sanford streets isn’t like its neighbors. Beyond the huge roof and shiny silver siding, the house is designed to produce energy as well as consume it.
A Missouri program that is now entering its 25th year has provided more than $100 million in loans for energy efficiency projects around the state.
This Department of Natural Resources program helps finance energy-saving measures such as improved insulation, windows, lighting and heating and cooling systems. The loans are available to public schools and colleges, local governments, water and sewage treatment facilities and some hospitals.
The department says $102.7 million in low-interest loans has been awarded through the fund since its creation in 1989.