A few years ago, Japanese home builder Ichijo USA has successfully built the first town home complex to meet net zero energy standards in the United States. Ichijo USA titled the community zHome and plans to replicate the idea in more communities across the Seattle area. The company recently released new data showing how the houses perform in water- and energy-saving measures.
In this Q+A with CleanTechnica staffer Jake Richardson, Ichijo USA reveals more about this feat in the U.S. home building market:
How many sizes of homes do you build and what are the costs?
zHome units sold at the lowest price point in the history of Ichijo, but they were all near market rate. The homes range from $244,000 to $600,000 with sizes ranging from a studio to a three-bedroom. Projects outside of zHome vary greatly. Ichijo builds multifamily townhouses and single family houses. As a result the square footage of our projects ranges from 1,800-3,800 square feet and price points range from $425,000 to $1.6 million.