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100 percent and a gold star – Grow aces the solar test

Already the largest solar neighborhood in Washington state, Grow Community hit another milestone this week.

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With the completion of two more solar installations, every single-family home and duplex in Grow’s first phase, the Village, is now powered by photovoltaics.

PV systems numbers 22 and 23 are online and producing renewable energy, improving the neighborhood’s already stellar self-sufficiency while promising generous utility savings and financial returns for the homeowners.

“It’s a landmark moment for Grow Community and Washington solar,” says Greg Lotakis, project manager. “With 100 percent participation, our residents are really showing the way forward for neighborhoods that want to choose solar for a sustainable energy future.”

Grow’s next two phases, the Grove and the Park, will also offer the solar option.  Stay tuned for more details.

Progress, with a chance of rain

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February Construction Update  We've had one of the mildest winters in recent memory, with no snow and only a few nights hitting freezing temperatures. At the same time, we've had quite a few significant bursts of rain - 2 inches or more at a … [Continue reading]

Conscious Company finds the future at Grow

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Conscious Company Magazine, a new journal focusing on innovation and sustainability, recently paid a call on Grow Community to get the scoop on our über-intentional neighborhood. “It’s an inspiring model of community development and one that we … [Continue reading]

Another BIG award — Best In Green for Grow

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That Platinum Award we brought home from the National Home Builders Association conference recently wasn’t the only hardware for the trophy case. Grow Community also earned the NAHB’s prestigious Best In Green Award, honoring the very finest in … [Continue reading]

Grow Community Earns the Prestigious Platinum Award from NAHB!

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Grow Community built by Bainbridge-based PHC Construction and developed by Asani, has earned the prestigious Platinum Award from the National Association of Home Builders, in its 2014 Best of American Living contest. The sustainable, solar-powered … [Continue reading]

January 2015 Construction Update

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The weather has certainly been mixed, but Grow Community construction continues apace. Crews have completed the majority of the excavation work and have now started forming and pouring footings and foundation walls for the garage for the Grove, our … [Continue reading]

Urban Land likes Grow’s common spaces

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Grow Community got some more great kudos this week in Urban Land, the online magazine of the prestigious Urban Land Institute. Grow is honored in the feature article “Growing Sociability: Integrating Communal Spaces with Development,” which looks … [Continue reading]

What’s it like to live at Grow Community?

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Our bountiful neighborhood gardens get all the press, but there’s still plenty going on during these chilly indoor months. YULE FEST: Over the holidays one Grow resident hosted a Weihnacht Evening, a German-themed Christmas get-together with tasty … [Continue reading]

Grow sets the table for Urban Agriculture

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Grow Community is outstanding in its field — more precisely, its planter boxes. Grow is one of 10 exemplars of the new Urban Agriculture, the Urban Land Institute Magazine says in its current issue. The ULI praises Grow for the rich mix of raised … [Continue reading]

Happy Holidays from the Grow team!

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