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Resilient Design—Smarter Building for a Turbulent Future

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zHome, shown here before completion, is a ten-unit, net-zero-energy townhouse project in Issaquah, Washington, that embodies many elements of resilience.

Much of the route I traveled had seen barely a drop of rain since the previous fall.

Spring wildflowers were absent. The statuesque saguaro cacti were shriveled from lack of water. Ponds were dried up, and rivers were barren gravel beds. In West Texas, I went through places like Fort Davis amid record wildfires that eventually burned more than 3.7 million acres in the state.

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