The Planet Clark Emerald House was avaliable for tours during an open house and dedication, Friday, May 24, 2013. The Evergreen Habitat for Humanity project featured many environmentally friendly features. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)Want a firsthand look at green building in action? Check out the Planet Clark Emerald House! This home, built in partnership with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity for a family in need, is the first in Clark County to achieve “Emerald” certification, the highest rating for sustainability from the National Green Building Standard™. The house showcases many of the resource-efficient, high-performance technologies and techniques you’ll find discussed here on

You can learn more about the Emerald House at Whether your goal is building or remodeling a home with reduced energy and increased health benefits, or you are looking for ways to help make our planet healthier, this site includes comprehensive resources. Here are some additional features:

  • Architectural check set
  • House renderings
  • House development and construction progress
  • The Nation Green Building Standard “Emerald” certification process
  • The benefits of a sun study
  • A list of native plants for water conservation
  • Natural privacy screens
  • The Emerald house energy and water story which detail the cost and energy savings for the house compared to a traditional build
  • Energy efficiency tools
  • Sustainable resources