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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Zero-energy housing project is delayed

January 27, 2009

The nation’s financial crisis is hitting close to home, or more precisely zHome. Read more

Zero-energy home begins with a flush of the toilet

October 1, 2008

With the ceremonial flush of a high-efficiency toilet, construction began Sept. 29 on the zHome project — a cutting-edge housing development designed  to have the smallest possible impact on the environment.

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