habitat for humanity

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.

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Habitat for Humanity and Boone County National Bank have officially kicked off work on a new multi-home development for Columbia families in need. A Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the start of the new community.