With all the talk about the need for greater sustainability, it’s nice to things actually being done in that direction. Dwell Development has recently completed a small, sustainable home community called New Rainier Vista. This community is located in Seattle, WA and was created in collaboration with the architecture firm Julian Weber Architects. ‘



The New Rainer Vista community is made up of 42 sustainable, green homes, which have the potential for net-zero living. They also boast of a very modern and unique design. The homes are set in clusters of four and arranged around a central garden, which is great for community building. The main aim of the developers in constructing this community was creating a space where a society of like-minded, sustainability-conscious individuals could come together and enjoy communal living.


All the 42 units are designed in a way that allows for net-zero energy living. While they do not yet have solar panels installed, the rooftops of all the units are fully prepared for PV panels to be installed. The homes also feature double-framed walls, which offer great insulation, as well as triple-glazed windows. The units are also fitted with tankless water heaters and heat recovery ventilation systems. The community was built close to the train station to encourage car-less travel. The homes are also 5-Star Built Green certified.






Two of the units are clad in cork, which is an interesting design choice, and adds to the insulation value, while another of the units is Net Energy Positive (HERS -1) certified. The latter is also the first net positive home in Seattle, and the first passive home built by Dwell. The homes also feature in-floor radiant heating, and are equipped with a keyless front door entry. All the flooring, tiling and countertops are made from recycled or reclaimed materials.


The community took five years to construct, with the last home built and sold earlier this year.