Originally published in the Lexington Herald Leader.
Written by: Tom Eblen – Herald-Leader Columnist
Jamie Clark’s wife wanted a “Southern Living” house, and the energy consultant and contractor wanted a super energy-efficient house. Their renovated Prather Road home is both.
When Jamie and Haley Clark decided to move closer to town and Christ the King School, where their two young daughters are students, they each knew what kind of house they wanted. Trouble was, they didn’t want the same thing.
“She wanted a very Southern Living house,” Jamie Clark said, referring to the lifestyle magazine. “I wanted a net-zero house.”
Kentucky doesn’t have many net-zero houses, which use insulation, solar power and other technology to create as much energy as they use over the course of a year. And few of them look like the traditional homes that most Lexington buyers want.