zHome Case Study - Water Efficiency for Tomorrow

Mike Brent | Cascade Water Alliance


SUMMARY: Michael Brent, the Water Resources Manager for Cascade Water Alliance, a King County drinking water provider, works to extend existing water supplies and prepare for a more sustainable tomorrow and in this video Michael explains water efficiency through zHome. zHome is a revolutionary, 10-unit townhome development that uses smart design and cutting edge technologies to radically reduce its environmental impacts. They use zero net energy and 60% less water, emit net zero carbon emissions, have clean indoor air and use only low-toxicity materials are possible and scalable to mainstream home production.


BIO: Michael Brent is the Water Resources Manager for Cascade Water Alliance, a King County drinking water provider serving 350,000 residents and 20,000 businesses east of Lake Washington. He manages the water conservation programs for Cascade’s seven cities and water districts, which serve to extend existing water supplies and prepare for a more sustainable tomorrow.


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LINKS for learning:


Project overview, benchmark goals, and an informative set of blog posts on the development of zHome.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s, WaterSense Program help to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.


zHome helped established a new Built Green level of certification beyond the current five star system. The new standard is called “Emerald Star”. Here is the checklist that builders use to be certified Emerald Star.


Short Video on Seattle's first Built Green Emerald Star Certified Home by the developer/builder team at Dwell.


About the vision, goals and projects of the Cascade Water Alliance

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