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Emerald House showcases environment-friendly construction

Public can tour Hazel Dell project before, after dedication at 5 p.m. Friday


Pete DuBois, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4961

Vancouver, WA – A public-private partnership has transformed a residential lot in Hazel Dell into a home highlighting environmentally sound building techniques.

The Plant Clark Emerald House, 9717 N.E. 25th Ave., will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24. The public is invited to tour the home between 3 and 5 p.m.

Clark County worked closely with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Quail Homes and more than 30 other partners to create the 1,154-square-foot home designed for a low-income family.

The Emerald House was designed to use 60 percent less energy and water than a typical home. The high-performance project offers numerous examples of affordable construction suitable for other projects in Clark County.

Features include:
• Natural light and solar heat to reduce electricity use.
• Insulated building panels and triple-glazed energy efficient windows to reduce heating costs.
• Low-flow water fixtures and centrally located water heating and plumbing.
• A rain garden to treat storm runoff from hard surfaces.
• Low-maintenance landscaping to limit the need for water and fertilizer.
• Rain barrels to collect water for irrigation.

“This partnership demonstrates how projects can be good for the environment and also make sense financially,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director.

Private businesses contributed more than $40,000 to the project. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity contributed $40,000 in labor and supplies. Clark County contributed $40,000 to cover the cost of energy efficient windows and other features. The county also donated the vacant lot.

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