Johns expects the four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home to be listed on the market at $415,000. Time will tell how potential buyers respond, but he believes the market will support — even demand — a continued move toward energy-efficiency in the future. If developers are expected to deliver, he said, “we’d better know how to do it.”
“We’re going to move forward with it no matter what,” Johns said. “This is the future.”
Of course, plenty of people still have misgivings about green-minded homes, perhaps associating those features with high-end excess. The Clark County project in Hazel Dell will become the home of a local low-income family, matched through Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. Having real-life examples in the area helps break some misconceptions residents might hold, Johns said.
“They think a green house is weird. They think a green house is really expensive,” Johns said. “Neither of those is true.”