Back at beginning of September, I chose Issaquah, Wash.’s zHome (AKA: "the not-so-little green housing development that could") as this month’s featured “Evergreen home.” This remarkable undertaking, the nation’s first zero-energy, market-rate multifamily housing project, broke ground on probably the worst day possible (the Sept. 16, 2008 stock market crash) and subsequently floundered for a couple of years. But the project’s dedicated developers and partners stuck with it, and earlier this month, zHome finally got its grand opening and as of Sept. 14, nine of the development's 10 affordable, deep-green town homes officially hit the market (the 10th will remain open to the public as a green demo home/living laboratory)
Since my initial post on zHome, numerous national media outlets have picked up on this green housing survivor story, one of them being the Wall Street Journal. In the video embedded below, Wendy Bounds, WSJ reporter and possible boiler room junkie, chats with zHome project manager Brad Liljequist (also featured in a great blog post over at Dwell) about green fatigue, the numerous low-impact features of the zHome units, and the overall goal of the project: “We’re really trying to start a revolution of deep green housing," Liljequist tells Bounds.
For more on zHome, check out my initial post as well as the project website. Anyone in the Seattle-area had a chance to stop by for a free public tour yet?