Later this month, zHomes—the very first housing development of its kind in the States—will open in Issaquah, Washington. What makes it so special, besides the fact that it's net-zero (meaning it makes as much energy as it uses) and boasts market-rate pricing on its 10 multi-family homes?The fact that this project broke ground in 2008, on the very day that the markets plummeted in the U.S., means it had to struggle through the worst of the economic downturn, and has still emerged as a bastion for the green building movement.
These green homes are not only carbon-neutral, but they're also affordable and boast great design. You can tour the homes between September 17-October 30 if you're in the neighborhood.
Read all about the various green elements, like rain gardens and triple-pane windows, at MNN: Evergreen Homes: zHome