Issaquah’s zHome notches honor for sustainable wood

November 22, 2011

By Staff

The carbon-neutral community zHome earned a national honor for incorporating sustainable lumber to build the 10-unit community.

The award from the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. recognized zHome as the best residential project.

The city spearheaded zHome and relied on homebuilders to construct the townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands. The complex opened for tours in September.

Builders used Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber to construct almost all of the framing in zHome. Millwork incorporated certified maple from Michigan. The project team chose bamboo for flooring and tigerwood in the stair construction.

Overall, 78 percent of the wood used in zHome met the certification. Builders used 9 percent salvaged wood in the construction.

The council, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, announced the awards Oct. 5.

The organization named the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Research Lab in Kamuela, Hawaii, the best commercial project.

Organizers selected the projects based on the number of certified products used, the level of market transformation the projects achieved and the creativity in using the products.

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