Help Issaquah’s zHome earn regional recognition

September 13, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 13, 2010

The innovative zHome project could be named a favorite in a design contest hosted by the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

But in order to be honored in the People’s Choice category, zHome needs support. Vote for the project here by Monday night. (Click the arrow next to the number to vote.)

The competition is part of FutureShack, a forum about the future of housing.

Plans call for zHome to include 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. By harnessing solar power and using recycled building materials, developers hope the complex causes only minimal impact to the environment.

The project under construction in the Issaquah Highlands should be completed by next spring.

Dignitaries broke ground for zHome in late 2008, but the recession delayed construction until April 2010.

The city spearheaded the development of zHome. Howland Development Issaquah — a joint venture of Shoreline developer Howland Homes and Ichijo USA, a subsidiary of Japanese homebuilder Ichijo Co. — handles the construction. Ichijo USA financed the project.

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