The Back Story

The Back Story

In March of 2004, Dave and Anna Porter made a decision to reduce the impact their lifestyle was having on the planet. Among other changes, they sold their “McMansion” on a huge lot in Woodinville, Washington, outside Seattle. Dave even made what many would consider the ultimate sacrifice: he gave up his Jaguar for a Toyota Prius.

In 2006, the Porters decided to go even further. They vowed to transform their ramshackle 100-year-old beachfront house into an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible home that would meet the strictest green home guidelines while providing a beautiful, comfortable living space that would meet their family’s current and future needs. To help others benefit from their experience, they committed to making the project a demonstration home for green design, systems, and materials. They’ll be documenting their options, choices, and decisions, as well as the ongoing performance of the home.

The result is “Going Green at the Beach,” a unique exploration of the possibilities open to all of us to make meaningful changes in how we live. Through a website, tours, presentations, media coverage, and other educational tools, the Porters shared much more than just the look of their “deep green” home when construction was complete in September of 2007. They revealed how a green home is built, the opportunities and obstacles they faced, why they made the choices they did, and tips on green living from their “recycled” dog, Skipper.

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