A group of Drury University students have presented a plan for a demonstration house that supporters hope could help make Joplin a model of environmentally sound rebuilding from disasters.
Ten architecture students and two professors unveiled the home plan Tuesday night at a meeting of GreenTown Joplin, which promotes sustainable rebuilding.
The home, dubbed Monarch Eco-Home, includes different types of materials and techniques for making a building energy-efficient and storm resistant.
GreenTown was founded in Greensburg, Kan., which was demolished in 2007 by a tornado.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/16gTXMz) the building would use solar panels on the roof to generate more energy than it uses. It also includes insulated walls and floors, a rainwater collection system and other environmentally friendly materials.