Tour eco-friendly zHome construction site Thursday
February 3, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 3, 2011
Step behind the fencing at the zHome construction site in the Issaquah Highlands on Thursday.
The tour focuses on the ongoing effort to build 10 eco-friendly townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. The tour is free and runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The construction site is near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive N.E.
Plans call for the townhouses to harness solar power and use recycled building materials. Officials expect zHome to be completed in the spring.
Dignitaries broke ground on the project in September 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.