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Grow ‘hits the Easy button’ for sustainability

It takes a lot of work to make sustainability simple.

But making the choice of a low-impact lifestyle easy for buyers was the goal at Grow Community from the very start.

In an article titled “We Only Have One Planet,” Reserve Magazine explores the history of Washington’s largest planned solar community, and the thoughtful features that have earned it the prestigious One Planet Living certification.

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“We wanted to hit the Easy button for people,” Asani President Greg Lotakis tells the magazine, “so they could get in and just focus on the things we can’t control, which are creating community, enjoying community and enjoying each other.”

Leading elements of Grow’s high-performing homes include rooftop solar arrays, airtight construction and insulation, and nontoxic construction materials, among other low-impact features. Grow homes use 30 to 40 percent less water than a typical Pacific Northwest home, the magazine notes.

It all adds up to a formula for sustainable, intergenerational living. Grow does the hard work, so residents can get on with the fun stuff: living.

“This idea that we can start to create places where generations share space, where elders pass along wisdom, where you have children who are being looked after by friends or grandparents and where young couples or single folks get a chance to live in a community where there’s a mix of support — to us, it’s a recipe for success in the future,” Greg says.

Read the whole story online here.

Construction is apace and sales are brisk at Grow phase 2, the Grove!

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We are excited to report that Salal building solar went live on April 29. It has been a long road to this point, but the building's rooftop is now producing energy. And there's more to come - the first round of Elan owners should be seeing solar … [Continue reading]

French TV Feature – A quest for the greenest residential developments

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French TV came to town last summer looking for the greenest residential developments in the USA, and their quest led them straight to Grow Community. Over the course of four busy days, Echo-Logis program host Anthony DaSilva and his crew … [Continue reading]

A Bee Brigade is born

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Bainbridge Island students are learning to "bee positive" on the environment, thanks to the efforts of local educators and volunteers like Carl Lindbloom. We noted earlier that Grow Community has signed on to the Pollinator Improvement Plan, an … [Continue reading]

What’s the Grove all about?

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As we welcome our newest residents to the Grove neighborhood, we should pause to reflect on what's drawing discerning buyers to the latest homes in our award-winning Grow Community. We promised urban living with nature at every doorstep, and … [Continue reading]

Construction Update: New lights, and other highlights

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Completion of the Salal building has brought some comment about the exterior stair lighting on the north side of the building along Wyatt Way. The present lights are only temporary, put in to allow the building's first residents to move in … [Continue reading]

It’s move-in day!

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The Grove neighborhood has some new faces with the move-in of it's first residents in the Salal building and Elan townhomes. Here’s a big Grow Community welcome to these newest neighbors! We look forward to meeting you all, and sharing the excitement … [Continue reading]

The sun shines on Grow construction

Winter took a short holiday this week and Grow was aglow in the low afternoon sun. The worksite hummed with construction activity as we round out the northernmost buildings in the new Grove neighborhood. Windows were trimmed and sealed at the … [Continue reading]

One planet, one community, and one goal: a new model for sustainable living.

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Grow Community was founded on the principles of One Planet Living, proving that from design and construction to the choices we make as neighbors, we can live within the productive capacity of the earth. How are we doing? Find out in our “One … [Continue reading]

Now selling in the Park: Lilac townhomes and Sage single-level homes

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Grow Community’s third and final neighborhood is planned to begin construction in early 2016, with homes now for pre-sale in the Lilac and the Sage buildings. The Lilac townhomes offer two- and three-bedroom floor plans over two levels, with … [Continue reading]