Grow Community on Bainbridge Island
Grow Community is sited on Bainbridge Island, a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Its 131 homes have been built in line with a sustainability action plan based on the ten One Planet Principles. The 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.