Low-Impact Living

The 10-unit zHome, the country’s first WaterSense for New Homes multifamily community, is also considered to be the first net-zero energy multifamily development in the United States. The project is the result of a collaborative public/private partnership spearheaded by the city of Issaquah, Wash.

The compact kitchen design packs in ample room for storage and socializing.

Constructed on a 20,000-square-foot lot, the townhomes are clustered around a small central courtyard.

Project developers are hoping that the townhomes’ warm contemporary feel and loft-style layouts will appeal to an up-market clientele. One unit has already sold.

Electricity is generated by the 20-32 solar PV panels on each roof, which produce between 5,000 and 7,000 kWh per year.

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