The home is far from finished, but Troy Johns is happy to show it off early. Actually, that’s the point.
Johns’ Urban NW Homes is building a Salmon Creek-area home that hopes to set the latest local standard of energy-efficient design. And he’s shooting for a higher bar than any other project here has reached.
In addition to being an Emerald structure — a formal designation under the National Green Building Standard — the house also aims to be one of the first “net zero” homes on the West Coast, Johns said. The idea is to make a home that sustainably supplies its own energy needs, with the help of 29 solar panels and a dizzying array of other features.
“It’s basically a rocket ship,” Johns said. “It’s just built so well, there’s nothing else built like it.”
The home isn’t the first in the county to include ambitious energy-efficient elements in its design. Clark County recently broke ground on its own Emerald house in Hazel Dell. Other local developers have incorporated green features into their projects for years. Urban NW’s design aims to take the concept to the next level.