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October 27, 2015

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Join us for a tour of the 1st EMF-Reduced Rowhome Community in Seattle Sunday Oct 4th

September 29, 2015
Seattle's leading green home and building biologists demonstrate key construction techniques used for VIDA, a green community design of 15 rowhomes in the Central District, located at 120 20th Ave, on Oct 4th from 1pm-4pm.

Seattle’s leading green home and building biologists demonstrate key construction techniques used for VIDA, a green community design of 15 rowhomes in the Central District, located at 120 20th Ave, on Oct 4th from 1pm-4pm.

Green Guru’s  to Lead the “Behind the Walls Tour” of Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” Rowhome Community 

SEATTLE-  Isola Homes, Seattle’s leading green home builder and local building biologists  to demonstrate key construction techniques for VIDA,  the  green community design of 15 row homes in the Central district, located at 120 20th Avenue, on October 4, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

Unlike a traditional open house, a behind the wall tour occurs near the final stages of construction . Sunday’s behind the wall tour will showcase the “deep green” components of the project such as shielded wiring for  the EMF-reduction ‘Quiet Zone’, fiberglass rebar in  the foundation, non-toxic materials, and a community designed site plan.

“While all of Isola Homes’ projects are certified “Built Green”, this an opportunity  to see, touch, and learn about Seattle’s first electromagnetic field (EMF) reduction project – before the walls are sealed closed ,  said Dana Stream of Lifestream Solutions; the project’s primary building biology consultant.

Tours will be led by members of the project team including, Brian Byrne (Construction Manager) for Isola Homes; Dana Stream (Sustainable Lifestyle Consultant), Michael Cleveland (Green Building Advisor), and Steve Davis (Environmental Home Inspector) of Lifestream Solutions; Jay Miller (Managing Director) for Alchemy Real Estate; and Eva Otto (Managing Ecobroker) at Infiniti RED.

In addition to a tour of the various building biology components of the building design, Stream will be available to discuss VIDA’s community development program. “Sunday’s tour is also ideal for people interested in learning how healthy buildings help make healthy communities”, says Stream.

Tours are free and open to the public, anytime from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About Isola Homes
Isola Homes is a Seattle-based home builder specializing in Built Green modern homes. By continually implementing innovative sustainable design and environmental stewardship in our construction techniques, our homes stand for their livability, quality construction and energy efficiency. http://www.isolahomes.com <http://www.isolahomes.com/&gt;

Tour the 1st EMF Reduced Community in Seattle Sunday Oct 4th

September 29, 2015
Seattle's leading green home and building biologists demonstrate key construction techniques used for VIDA, a green community design of 15 rowhomes in the Central District, located at 120 20th Ave, on Oct 4th from 1pm-4pm.

Seattle’s leading green home and building biologists demonstrate key construction techniques used for VIDA, a green community design of 15 rowhomes in the Central District, located at 120 20th Ave, on Oct 4th from 1pm-4pm.


Green Guru’s  to Lead the “Behind the Walls Tour” of Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” Row Home Community


SEATTLE-  Isola Homes, Seattle’s leading green home builder and local building biologists  to demonstrate key construction techniques for VIDA,  the  green community design of 15 row homes in the Central district, located at 120 20th Avenue, on October 4, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

Unlike a traditional open house, a behind the wall tour occurs near the final stages of construction . Sunday’s behind the wall tour will showcase the “deep green” components of the project such as shielded wiring for  the EMF-reduction ‘Quiet Zone’, fiberglass rebar in  the foundation, non-toxic materials, and a community designed site plan.

“While all of Isola Homes’ projects are certified “Built Green”, this an opportunity  to see, touch, and learn about Seattle’s first electromagnetic field (EMF) reduction project – before the walls are sealed closed ,  said Dana Stream of Lifestream Solutions; the project’s primary building biology consultant.

Tours will be led by members of the project team including, Brian Byrne (Construction Manager) for Isola Homes; Dana Stream (Sustainable Lifestyle Consultant), Michael Cleveland (Green Building Advisor), and Steve Davis (Environmental Home Inspector) of Lifestream Solutions; Jay Miller (Managing Broker) for Alchemy Real Estate; and Eva Otto (Managing Ecobroker) at Infiniti RED.

In addition to a tour of the various building biology components of the building design, Stream will be available to discuss VIDA’s community development program. “Sunday’s tour is also ideal for people interested in learning how healthy buildings help make healthy communities”, says Stream.

Tours are free and open to the public, anytime from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About Isola Homes
Isola Homes is a Seattle-based home builder specializing in Built Green modern homes. By continually implementing innovative sustainable design and environmental stewardship in our construction techniques, our homes stand for their livability, quality construction and energy efficiency. http://www.isolahomes.com <http://www.isolahomes.com/>

Seattle’s Most Central Neighborhood is… the Central District

June 18, 2015

When it comes to “location, location, location,” the Central District is poised to outperform many of Seattle’s best neighborhoods for walkability, connectivity, and mobility.

by Eva Otto

88 Walk Score

Walkability.

With a Walk Score of 88, the Central District (taken from 120 20th Avenue) ranks higher than many areas of Ballard, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and Ravenna.

For the newbies, Walk Score assigns a numeric value to the time and effort required to walk, ride, or travel. The higher the score, the more desirable the location. For example, Seattle’s Walk Score is 71 while Dallas’ is 44, and New York City’s is 88. So, if you’re want to walk more, drive less, and ride your bike to the Farmer’s Market, think twice about moving to Dallas. If you want the walkability and ease of New York City, the Central District in Seattle has the same Walk Score as New York, 88.

The Nitty Gritty Rather Pretty, Image courtesy Devin Smith. Creative Commons

Connectivity
From the Central District, 20 minutes in a car takes you father, faster. 20 minutes to get from there to Bellevue, SeaTac, Fremont, or Alki Beach. It’s also a 10 minute drive from the Central District to the University of Washington.

Walk Score from 120 20th Ave

Commuting to downtown Seattle take five minutes in a car, seventeen on a bus, and eight minutes on a bike. Go ahead and try to be late.

Google Maps, Central District to Bellevue

Some notable road and infrastructure improvements are also underway. The Central Area Greenways Project is building safer, more efficient and accessible corridors for all road users. And soon, nearby street cars will transport passengers from ‘links’, at First Hill, Jackson St., and Yesler Terrace to South Lake Union by way of the Waterfront.

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Mobility

With physical mobility and proximity to social and economic resources comes increased social and economic mobility. Take for example, the impact of estimated new jobs in the neighborhoods or the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

Yesler Terrace encompasses 4.3 million square feet of housing in 5,000 units, and 1,800 subsidized homes for low and moderate-income residents. The graph below shows the location of 120 20th Avenue as a red circle. The green bars represent the amount of new jobs from 2010–2030.

 Projected Job Growth 2010-2030, City of Seattle Data from DRiVE

Pioneering projects such as the HacktheCD (see GeekWire’s article for the full story) and the 23rd Avenue Action Plan are vital community development catalysts for the neighborhood.

.Urban Design Study for 23rd Avenue Action Plan, SRG Partnership

HacktheCD’s model seeks to “incubate new businesses, advance research, and create scalable models that help historically underserved communities around the world thrive in the 21st century.”

The 23rd Avenue Action Plan, is a city-community collaboration to create “a shared vision and action plan to improve the health and equity” of three Central Area hubs — 23rd and East Union, 23rd and East Cherry, and 23rd and South Jackson. The committee, led by City of Seattle, Senior Planner, Quanlin Hu recently published its final draft, that outlines the comprehensive and inspiring vision for the area. The admirable plan represents the participation of over 600 people from people with a varying ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Another key initiative is the Comprehensive Plan, signed on May 15, 2015, which codifies the City of Seattle’s commitment to race and social equity as a foundational value in development.

With Seattle’s unprecedented economic growth spurt, so too, has its approach to community and neighborhood development. Many of the values unique to the sharing economy are in process at the community level. The emphasis is to emerge from silos and “connect” people, share resources, and rally behind the character of the community and the City.

5 Green Apps for Seattle Geeks to Make Everyday Earth Day by Eva Otto

April 22, 2015
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  1. Get there Pronto with a new cycle sharing system with 500 bikes and 50 stations across Seattle. Pronto bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival.
  2. Hop on the bus, Gus. Unlike Uber, OneBusAway provides access to real-time arrival and schedule information for public transportation vehicles operated in Seattle such as King County Metro, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Intercity Transit, Community Transit, and Washington State Ferries. While it will not prevent aforementioned vehicles from being tardy, this app will let tell you, “when the next one is coming.”Vida_icons2
  3. Whet your appetite. Buy, eat and enjoy local produce. Janelle Maiocco (formerly of Farmstr) launched Barn2Door to “help farmers connect with consumers interested in buying local food.” Or, be outstanding in the field with your friends at Seattle TilthSign up for a class, get a weekly box full of fresh, delicious produce June-October, enjoy 100% local, ecologically grown.Vida_icons2
  4. Power-down, mediate, and recharge your body in your private “EMF-reduced” sleeping sanctuary — your bedroom. Isola Homes’ Vida row home bedrooms are on a mission to minimize the ubiquitous buzz of our wired world with wrapped electrical wiring and the removal of overhead lighting.
  5. Be Rain Wise. It rains buckets here in Seattle. On a good night, 300 gallons of water can be dumped onto your house before hitting the streets. Collectively that translates into millions of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater pouring into the city’s waterways, threatening human and aquatic health. Then, the sun comes out and people start watering their lawn and gardens! Whaa? Yes, it’s an unnecessary waste. A rain water collection barrel is a killer app in this situation. The City of Seattle offers rebates homes in critical areas. Visit the RainWise site here.Vida_icons2

Selling Without Selling Out – The Winner of the Green Home Tour’s 2014 Choice Awards is Moving the Industry Further

March 31, 2015
The Streams' are 2014 winner of the Green Home Tour

When property owner Dana Stream was approached by Isola Homes, one of Seattle’s fastest growing homebuilders she had something unique in mind for selling her urban in-city lot.  Stream didn’t want her property to turn into just another townhome community. She wanted to ensure that the builder focused on the design, health and wellness of the community for future generations.

Stream recently built a backyard cottage that won the Green Home Tour’s 2014 People’s Choice award showcasing her building biology principles to reduce electromagnetic fields of pollution (known has EMFs) in the home.

Stream was looking to push the industry further with the concepts she was incorporating into her backyard cottage when Isola approached her to purchase the Central District land.  Stream showed Isola Homes her building practices, and they agreed to take up the challenge of creating an EMF reduced home for the public, holding true to their company’s mission to innovate and build community with integrity in the marketplace.

Isola Homes’ Marketing Director, Noree Henderson reaffirms this by stating “At Isola Homes we are committed to building extraordinary communities which are founded on our core value principles of integrity, function and design.” In partnership with Dana Stream and her company Lifestream Solutions, we are pleased to be involved in offering a new way to live for our homeowners where the focus is on the benefits of health, rejuvenation and livability for modern lifestyles.”

“We want to demonstrate that developers will be rewarded with higher value returns by staying on top of trends that are important to consumers.” Stream believes owners have a role in land stewardship and can exercise that role at the point of sale.  Sellers can hold the industry accountable and help move progress parcel by parcel.  “Sellers have the option to be more discerning about who they sell to in a fast growing market and how they sell.  Selling for social impact is another trend we hope to see become more prevalent.”

We applaud builders like Isola Homes for their willingness to take risks to innovate and further define what it is to live in a healthy home. Development is a privilege and it will take more sellers like Stream to help move the market towards development that is restorative for both the planet and the wellness of its inhabitants.

by Eva Otto

Video of Green Home Tour 2014

April 28, 2014

Did you miss the Green Home Tour? Click here to watch the video of homes on the tour.

Thanks to everyone for making the tour a success! We had over 2,000 folks tour 35 different homes on the around King County. Hope to see you next year!2014 NW_GHT_Logo

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