Winner of the Northwest Green Home Tour’s 2014 People’s Choice Award, Dana Stream’s backyard cottage showcases her building biology principles to reduce electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of pollution in the home. Stream was looking to push the industry further with these concepts when Isola Homes, one of Seattle’s fastest growing homebuilders, approached her to purchase her in-city 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.
Noree Henderson, marketing director of Isola Homes, reaffirms this,
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.
Stream hopes that techniques to create an EMF-safe home will trend. She hopes that Isola and others will consider expanding these techniques to additional properties because of the reasonable cost and the practical application for modern day lifestyles in Seattle. “We want to demonstrate that developers will be rewarded with higher value returns by staying on top of trends that are important to consumers,” says Stream. She believes owners have a role in land stewardship and can exercise that role at the point of sale. By holding the industry accountable, sellers can help move progress parcel by parcel. “Sellers have the option to be more discerning about who they sell to and how they sell in a fast growing market. Selling for social impact is another trend we hope to see become more prevalent.”
Eva Otto, Designated Broker at Infiniti Real Estate and Development and Stream’s real estate agent, lauds builders like Isola Homes who are willing to take a risk to innovate and further define what it is to live in a healthy home. Otto says, “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.”
Isola Homes’ Vida Rowhomes project joins the Green Home Tour with Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” community of 15 row homes located in the Central District, at 120 20th Avenue. Isola will present the "EMF Reduced" approach at one site, behind-the-walls preview on Saturday, April 25th.
Lifestream Solutions’ Backyard Cottage, now completed, returns to the Green Home Tour on Sunday, April 26th. This unique design project at 9100 15th Ave NE demonstrates healthy home construction by integrating innovative wall systems, nontoxic materials, shielded electrical systems, fiberglass rebar slab, energy-efficiency features, and consideration for chemical and electromagnetic sensitivities.