zHome, a project sponsored by the City of Issaquah, designed by David Vandervort Architects and developed and built by Howland Homes is a revolutionary, 10-unit townhome development that uses smart design and cutting edge technologies to radically reduce its environmental impacts. zHome will prove that homes that use zero net energy and 60% less water, emit net zero carbon emissions, have clean indoor air and use only low-toxicity materials are possible and scalable to mainstream home production.
Zero Net Energy. Zero Net CO2 Emissions.
This is the toughest of the zHome environmental benchmarks. zHome starts first with conservation, using a number of advanced energy-efficient construction techniques to reduce home energy use. This gets the homes about two-thirds of the way there. zHome units then use solar panels to generate and offset the remaining one-third to achieve net zero energy use and net zero CO2 emissions over the course of a year.
Keeping with the high density sustainable requirements, the non-sensical boxy design offers nonetheless what it is set to deliver: an affordable dwelling that consumes zero-energy and does not release CO2 into the atmosphere. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. We will be following their progress with great interest.
Via zhomes – David Vandervort