Selah Vista Homes: Healthy, High Performance Homes for Life
Brenda Nunes, KW, Nunes Group Real Estate
Steve Weise, Leading Force Development
Selah Vista (SV) Homes, the first planned Neighborhood Development in Central Washington, is inspired by the belief that everyone deserves to live in a healthy, energy-efficient sustainable home.
Creating spec homes for this 60-lot Net Zero PUD that met all the goals within a reasonable budget provided many challenges and opportunities. It was developed by Steve Weise and supported by the integrated team at Leading Force Energy and Design Center in Yakima. The model home was constructed in 2017 and is the focus of this presentation.
The SV model home is a tool for educating building professionals, realtors and residents about a better way to live. Proving this concept, the model home swept its category at the 2018 CWHB Tour of Homes, winning five awards including Best in Class and People's Choice. It also won the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy 2018 Housing Innovation Award, Custom Spec Category.
Educating Yakima Valley home buyers, real estate agents and building professionals about the features and benefits of these homes has been challenging but also provides a tremendous opportunity to reach and educate a new market. Education forums include community events, open houses and tours, real estate clock hour classes, and media.