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Gems of Innovation: zHome the first permitted "rainwater for indoor use" in Issaquah

zHome is a groundbreaking “Net Zero Energy” townhome project completed in 2012 in Issaquah WA. It grew from an unprecedented partnership led by the City of Issaquah with King County, private property owners and the developer Ichijo, USA. Built Green Program Manager Leah Missik writes “It was the first project in Issaquah that was permitted to use rainwater for indoor use, and, as a result, helped change code and add flexibility for other green building innovations.”

zHome is a groundbreaking “Net Zero Energy” townhome project completed in 2012 in Issaquah WA. It grew from an unprecedented partnership led by the City of Issaquah with King County, private property owners and the developer Ichijo, USA. In exchange for getting the land for free, the builder agreed to meet strict sustainability standards – in addition to the Net-zero goal, these included 60% less water use, local recycled, FSC Certified wood and low-toxic materials and more. Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Built Green program recently released a white paper
(http://www.builtgreen.net/library/zhomewhitepaper.pdf) describing how the project exceeded Net-zero by 3.5% over two years, surpassed the water reduction target by 10%, and earned the group’s highest “Emerald Star” rating level. In the White Paper, Built Green Program Manager Leah Missik writes “It was the first project in Issaquah that was permitted to use rainwater for indoor use, and, as a result, helped change code and add flexibility for other green building innovations.” In 2016 the Guild hopes to publish more details on this permitting “first” in the Code Innovations Database, that helped set an example for other small jurisdictions in the region. Please support our Crowdrise campaign and listen to the story that played on NPR today: http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/house-designed-pay-your-energy-bill-actually-works\

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