zHome was the first net zero energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was launched to spur the market toward deep green housing for the average person. As such, zHome was built to rigorous environmental benchmarks of net zero energy use, a 70% reduction in water use, a 90% construction recycling rate and the use of only low- and non-toxic materials, among other specifications. All zHome units that went up for sale eventually sold at slightly above standard prices for the time and area, despite going on the market at the tail end of the Great Recession.
Help bring that number to 100%...for healthier living, bigger energy savings and a greener environment.
Did you know that
30% of new homes
sold are now green?
For Built Green
in Seattle Area
Did you know that the Emerald Star rating is Built Green's highest certification level? Builders who aspire for an Emerald Star rating must adhere to a stringent checklist geared toward producing a high performance, environmentally-friendly home of exceptional quality.
Dwell Development took on the Emerald Star challenge and, in August 2015, completed Seattle's first Emerald Star home. Read all about the home's incredible attributes in our comprehensive case study. Check out video of this incredible spec home (which pre-sold!):
In August, we introduced a new campaign that celebrates the very real benefits of living in a Built Green home... and the meteorological conditions you might find in a home that isn't Built Green. The campaign revolves around six (incredibly clever, if we do say so ourselves) indoor weather reports exploring the drafts, leaks, and temperature fluctuations that non-Built Green homeowners face. Take a look at one of the videos!