Bainbridge Island, USA
2012 - 2015
Project Partners

Sustainability in Seattle

Grow Community is on Bainbridge Island, a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle – the biggest city in Northwest USA and home of Boeing and Microsoft.

131 homes have been built in line with a sustainability action plan based on the ten One Planet Living principles. The emphasis is on creating a compact, neighbourly community with plenty of shared green space and essential services and facilities all a short walk or cycle ride away. Grow Community is in stark contrast to the car-dependent suburbia and huge homes found across the USA.

Grow Community has highly insulated, airtight, all-electric homes. Residents have the option of installing enough power-generating rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels to meet almost all of their homes’ energy demands – or even exceed it in some cases. In Grow Community’s first phase, 22 of the 23 households have opted for PV panels supplying them with grid-connected, zero-carbon solar power. Electrically powered air source heat pumps with heat exchangers keep them warm and well ventilated in winter.

With car parking spaces separate from the homes and only one car parking space per property, residents are encouraged to cycle and walk instead of driving. Grow Community has shared gardens, its own orchard, woodland, a green and a community building which will be run by the community. The development is designed to appeal to people of all ages and life stages – young adults, families with children and retirees.

We wanted to build a unique community at Grow - one that comes together to do its part for the planet. And it worked - the residents have taken the ball and run with it.

Greg Lotakis, Grow Community Project Manager at Asani

Culture and community
65% of residents participating in the communal gardens

Travel and transport
A survey showed an 85% increase in walking and 30% in cycling by residents since moving to Grow

Zero carbon energy
Tracking of eight homes shows the PV met more than 85% of electricity demand and electricity bills are as little as $8/month

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