Governor Jay Inslee celebrated the Zero Energy House on the campus at Clover Park Technical College today.

In a noon address, he cited its ability to generate a net surplus of energy through extensive use of passive heating qualities incorporated into its design to supplement solar power. Natural water runoff is also captured to provide sufficient supply to maintain the landscaping.

The three-year construction project built by CPTC students also linked them with industry partners, including BMC Building Materials, Bunce Equipmet Rental, Gray Lumber, Master Builders Association of Pierce County and others.

Inslee said that the demonstration home clearly shows we do not need to rely on high-pollution forms of energy such as coal. He also noted the relevant learning gained by students as they prepare for building and energy industry jobs of the future.

Zero Energy House was proposed and directed by Dan Smith, a CPTC instructor in sustainable building sciences.