Dwell Development Honored with Two National Design Awards

Seattle, WA (February 2016) – Seattle-based sustainable residential developer, Dwell Development, was the recipient of two awards at the 2015 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Dwell Development’s Rainier Vista community won a Platinum Award for the Single-Family Community Under 100 units category and the builder’s Emerald Star home won the Silver Award for the Single-Family Specialty Green-Built Home category.


All 42 homes in the Rainier Vista community are designed and ready for zero energy living. Every home in the community is 5-Star Built Green certified – a voluntary certification program developed by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties that establishes environmental standards for energy efficiency, water use and indoor air quality. Each home in the Columbia City community features solar-ready rooftop configurations, advanced framing, high impact insulation, triple-glazed windows, tankless on demand hot water, radiant heating systems or uber efficient ductless mini-splits, as well as heat recovery ventilation systems (HRV) to help prepare the home for net zero energy usage in the future.


The Emerald Star project was revolutionary in Seattle’s residential building industry. Dwell Development partnered with local firm, Caron Architects, to design the three-story home in Seattle’s vibrant Ballard neighborhood. The cutting-edge combination of green technology, renewables, and reclaimed materials help the 2,218 square-foot Emerald Star home achieve net zero energy usage, 70% reduction in water use, 90% reclaimed or FSC certified wood materials, and exceptional indoor air quality.

“The BALAs are the most prestigious awards of their kind, recognizing the very best in residential home design,” said Heather McCune, 2015 BALA subcommittee co-chair and director of marketing at the Southern California-based design firm Bassenian | Lagoni. “Those who become BALA recipients join an esteemed group of the most talented home building professionals, many of whom are continually driving our industry toward new heights of creativity and ingenuity.”
Now in its 32nd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not, and should not be, limited to high-priced and/or custom homes. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.
Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at www.nahb.org/BALA, including the 2015 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.

Rainier Vista Project Information
Location: Seattle, WA
Contractor: Dwell Development
Architect: Julian Weber Architects
Interior Design: Dwell Development
For more information, please view:
New Rainier Vista Community
Columbia City Story
Aerial Video

Emerald Star Project Information
Location: Seattle, WA
Square Feet: 2,218
Contractor: Dwell Development
Architect: Caron Architecture
Structural Engineer: Carissa Farkas
Landscape Design: Root of Design
For more information, please view:
The Greenest Home on the Block

About Dwell Development LLC
Dwell Development LLC is a sustainable residential developer based in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. Dwell Development’s contribution to the Greater Seattle area has transformed the traditional landscape for residential design and construction by exclusively focusing on green building. The firm uses a mix of sustainable building strategies, technology, and reclaimed materials to meet the ultimate goal of net zero energy use in the home. For more information visit http://dwelldevelopme.wpengine.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.