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.
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.