JULY 2011


                                                     sponsored in part by Grow Community


As a first step toward our One Planet goal of promoting Health and Happiness, we are inviting you to Bike for Pie with us.  Please join our Grow Community team for Squeaky Wheel's 'Bike for Pie' ride.  A 12-mile bike ride on a beautiful summer day on a beautiful island.  And pie. What could be more fun? 

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"One of the world's greenest communities coming to Bainbridge Island"


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Our Grow Community Architect, Jonathan Davis of Davis Studio A+D recently exhibited this super sustainable modular home at this years Dwell on Design Modern Living Expo. His next stop, Grow Community...  




an excerpt from Urban Gardens:


"Modern Living house's architect and the founder of pieceHomes, Jonathan Davis, has plans for Bainbridge Island, Washington. Davis is collaborating with sustainable development and investment company, Asani, in the development of Grow Community, a sustainable neighborhood, incorporating the One Planet Living principles of new urbanism, focusing on energy efficiency , but more importantly, on the creation of an interactive community..."


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and from  Mother Nature Network  


JUST ADD WATER (and architect): Deep green community to grow outside of Seattle 

by Matt Hickman
Eco-living expert blogs about the best ways to go green at home


The architect responsible for the Modern Living Showhouse at Dwell on Design 2011, is a force behind Grow Community, an eco-enclave with shared composting facilities and kayak storage on Bainbridge Island, Wash.  


In my post last week about the glammed up, greened out Modern Living Showhouse on display at Dwell on Design 2011, I talked a lot about the eye-catching interiors procured by Zem Joaquin and the team at ecofabulous. Honestly, I could write an entire month of posts just about all of the green goodies I saw jammed into the 520-square foot, currently up-for-auction-on-eBay prefab abode. 
While so focused on the great work of Zem and co. I didn't have much time to explore the architect behind the Modern Living Showhouse: Jonathan Davis of pieceHomes, the modular-centric offshoot of L.A.-based green architecture firm, Davis Studio Architecture + Design. While Davis and pieceHomes are new to me, it didn't take me long to appreciate his past work - get a load of the Bell Mountain Ranch - and an in-development project that really caught my attention: Grow Community, a zero-carbon neighborhood of 137 solar-powered residences (50 homes and 87 apartments) to be built on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The ambitious project is a joint venture between pieceHomes and eco-developers, Asani.

Seattle's King5 News calls Grow Community "one of the world's greenest communities" which is a touch hyperbolic even for this sleepy Seattle commuter island that's home to two MNN favorites: sustainable design firm Grain and eco-architect Matthew Coates. One thing's for sure, if all goes as planned this 8-acre "pedestrian-oriented, energy-efficient, multigenerational neighborhood" will be the largest new development in Bainbridge's recent history. Grow Community will also be one of the only communities in the nation (certainly the first in Washington) to achieve a stamp of approval from One Planet Living's Communities program. This rigorous, 10-tier certification program developed by environmental nonprofit BioRegional Development Group and WWF International focuses on the greenness of neighborhoods instead of individual homes. The project will also seek LEED Gold certification.

Consisting of 5 different single-family home designs - ranging from 1,200 to 1,600-square feet - and apartments - ranging from 450 to 1,200-square feet - designed by Davis and the pieceHomes team, Grow Community will generate all of its own power through solar panels placed atop the residences along with additional panels installed elsewhere on the island. There will also be ample "bike and kayak storage," organic community gardens (or P-Patches in Seattle-speak), and shared composting and recycling facilities. And, not surprisingly, the community will be so pedestrian-centric that owning more than one car could become a major hassle. Explains The Kitsap Sun:

Vehicle parking would be located in consolidated areas away from homes, making residents more likely to use the development's trail network as their primary means of getting around. The trails, including a main public one, would funnel residents toward Madison Avenue, where a farmers market, a grocery store and various Winslow shops are within easy reach. Only one parking space is planned for each home.

As reported by the Kitsap Sun, the developers expect a full-build out to take about five years and homes within Grow Community won't be exactly cheap - the developers aren't aiming for affordable housing status or public funding - but will fall on the lower end of things on the somewhat pricey Bainbridge Island scale: Asani anticipates that the one-, two-and three- bedroom homes will sell for in the ballpark of $250,000 to $390,000. In addition to the homes and apartments, the Waldorf-affiliated Madrona School may relocate to the community.

Find out more about this remarkable deep-green neighborhood over at Asani, on Facebook, and on the development's informative blog. It's also worth reading more about One Planet Communities, a program that I was, until now, unfamiliar with. And stay tuned for this month's installment of "Evergreen Homes" where I'll feature a gorgeous prefab getaway in the wilds of my native state, Washington, that, like pieceHomes and Grow Community, I found out about at Dwell on Design 2011.
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JULY 6, 2011

JUST ADD WATER (and architect): Deep green community to grow outside of Seattle
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JULY 5, 2011

From the Urban Garden's Blog...
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JULY 2, 2011

Dwell on Design Model Home - Designed by Grow Community Architect
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JUNE 14, 2011

KING5 NEWS - One of world's greenest communities coming to Bainbridge
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APRIL 1, 2011

Planned solar-powered Bainbridge development could be the greenest around - KITSAP SUN
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FEBRUARY 24, 2011

Asani's latest residential development (in planning stages), Grow Community, is hoping to become a One Planet Community...
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From the outset, the Grow Community was envisioned as a sustainable neighborhood, incorporating all of the principals of new urbanism, focusing on energy efficiency and creating an interactive community. The projects ideally located on the edge of the commercial center of town to create a pedestrian-oriented, energy-efficient, multigenerational neighborhood. Our goal is not just to meet codes and standards for reducing our impact and usage of water and energy, but to set new standards for sustainable, affordable living, creating a community where social engagement and carbon reduction are equally important goals.





710 John Nelson Lane NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110



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