Going Green at the Beach, Stanwood, WA

Tue, 03/25/2008 - 15:11


- Winner of the 2008 National Green Award for Custom Home of the Year (presented by the NAHB) - Winner of the Green Hammer Award from the Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties Dave and Anna Porter decided that they wanted to change their lifestyles to better help the environment in 2004. In 2006 they decided to remodel their home right on the beach. Warmboard radiant floor heating was installed in order to provide this 100 year old home with energy efficient, environmentally responsible heat. In order to make this project an inspiration and model for others "Going Green at the Beach" was created. “Going Green at the Beach” aims to set a record by meeting the requirements of all five residential green building certification programs active in this area: - Built Green™ - ENERGY STAR® Home - American Lung Association Health House® - Environments for Living® - LEED® for Homes In meeting the requirements of those programs, the “Going Green at the Beach” house will highlight products and systems relating to all aspects of green building. The following is a list of just some of the home’s many green features.

Energy Efficiency - 1.2 KW photovoltaic solar system - Geothermal heat - Warmboard radiant floor heating system - High efficiency windowsGoing Green at the Beach Home - ENERGY STAR® appliances - Compact fluorescent lights - Passive solar - Spray-foam insulation and air barrier - Heat recovery ventilator

Water Conservation - Dual flush toilets - Low-flow showerheads and faucetsGoing Green at the Beach Home - Rainwater collection system - Tankless hot water with recirculation system - Drip irrigation - Drought-tolerant lanscaping Reused Materials - Deconstruction of original structure (80% of material diverted from landfill) - Salvage and reuse of doors, cabinets, and other items from original structure - Wine racks made from salvaged decking from original structureInside the home

Sustainably Produced and Durable Materials - FSC certified wood products - Recycled glass tile - Cork flooring produced from leftover material from wine cork production - 50-year siding - 40-year metal roof - Locally manufactured materials when possible - Sustainably produced materialsWarmboard radiant heat provides the ultimate comfort - Fireplace façade made from local stone

Healthy Indoor Air - Warmboard radiant heat - Low VOC paint - Nontoxic finishes on flooring and cabinetry - Formaldehyde-free insulation - Minimal use of adhesives - Formaldehyde-free cabinetsBuilt Green Program - Operable windows - No carpet - Efficient ventilation - ENERGY STAR® ventilation fans - Heat recovery ventilator

Efficient Use of Space - Modest-sized home on a small lot - Home rebuilt on footprint of original structure - Multiple-use rooms - Built-in bookcases - Guest retreat - Universal Design features to allow for use by individuals with disabilities Low Impact Site Development and Natural Landscaping - Use of compost for stormwater management - Jobsite recycling - Vegetated “green” roof segments for energy and stormwater management - An “insectory” designed to attract beneficial insects - Edible landscaping - Drought tolerant plant selections - Pervious paving material

Website: http://www.goinggreenatthebeach.com