Gallery: Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive So...

Until now the UK has been better known for its transition towns and green communities than the United States, but David Vandervort's super-solarized zHome in Washington has definitely turned that tide with a beautiful zero-energy collection of houses that make sustainable living a communal affair. The biggest design challenge was to fit 10 townhouses on less than 20,000 square feet while also generating enough roof area on which to fit the photovoltaic panels. But the architect did a fine job without sacrificing an iota of comfort or aesthetics.

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