Learn about eco-friendly zHome project at tour

November 30, 2010

Track the construction of zHome during a public tour Dec. 2.

The free walk-through focuses on panel installation, fiberglass windows, construction recycling and rainwater plumbing. The tour runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Look for the construction site near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive N.E.

Plans call for zHome to include 10 eco-friendly townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. The homes will harness solar power and use recycled building materials. Officials expect zHome to be completed by 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.

Governor shines international spotlight on Issaquah’s zHome

October 5, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire offered a high-profile shout-out to zHome during a Sept. 17 sustainability address at the Shanghai World Expo.

The governor, on a trade mission to China and Vietnam, mentioned the Issaquah Highlands townhouse project during a speech to the Sustainable Cities Forum, a part of the World’s Fair.

“The city of Issaquah is building a zero-energy housing development in partnership with businesses,” Gregoire said as part of her remarks. “It involves designing, constructing and selling houses that demonstrate advanced ‘green’ building technologies.”

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.

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Help Issaquah’s zHome earn regional recognition

September 13, 2010

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.

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See zHome construction up close Thursday

August 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2010

Explore the innovative zHome development during a monthly tour Thursday.

Meet at the Issaquah Highlands construction site — east of the Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast intersection along High Street — at 3:30 p.m. for the tour. The walkthrough should last until 4:30 p.m. Get directions here.

Because the tour includes the construction site, participants must sign a liability waiver.

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.

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Tour zHome construction site June 3

May 25, 2010

Track the construction of zHome during a public tour hosted by the city June 3. Project Manager Brad Liljequist will lead the tour at the construction site from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Look for the construction site near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive N.E. The eco-friendly townhouse project does not have a street address yet. Contact Liljequist at 837-3448 or bradl@ci.issaquah.wa.us with questions about the tour. Find directions to the site here.

Plans call for zHome to include 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. The homes will harness solar power and use recycled building materials.

Officials expect zHome to be completed by next spring.

Dignitaries broke ground on the project in September 2008, but the recession delayed construction until last month.

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.

Construction starts on zero-energy homes

April 6, 2010

Workers have started construction in the Issaquah Highlands on zHome, a townhouse development designed to produce as much energy as the units consume. Contributed

Construction has started on zHome — the long-planned, eco-friendly townhouse development launched with fanfare in late 2008 and then hindered by the recession.

Plans call for 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. Despite the attention the pioneering project received at the outset, progress lagged until a Japanese homebuilder indicated interest in zHome. Read more

Construction starts Tuesday on long-delayed zHome project

April 5, 2010

NEW — 9:05 a.m. April 5, 2010

Construction will start Tuesday on zHome — the long-planned, eco-friendly townhouse development launched with fanfare in late 2008 and then hindered by the recession.

The project will include 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. Developers said zHome should use 60 percent less water than conventional residences. Workers will use only low-toxicity materials to construct the development.

The buildings will rise near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and the construction site of another high-profile highlands project, YWCA Family Village at Issaquah. Officials expect zHome to be completed by next spring.

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