Sustainable by the Sea: An Eco-Friendly Coast Home

| March/April 2008

  • The lighthouse windows provide natural light and ventilation. Solar energy generates some of the home's electricity. The metal roof collects nontoxic rainwater-runoff, and vegetation on the green roof captures and diverts stormwater.
  • In this wine cellar, the homeowners used green seal-certified, low-VOC paint, wine racks made from salvaged wood, light fixture covered with recycled wine bottle, cabinet fashioned from wine crates, and radiant in-floor heat to eliminate forced-air dust.

To build their energy-efficient, solar- and geothermal-powered, water-saving dream home on the coast north of Seattle, Dave and Anna Porter found inspiration from the ocean. Their 2,700-square-foot home features beach glass, seascape colors and a lighthouse.

The Porters reused materials from a cabin they deconstructed, diverting 80 percent of materials from the landfill. Their goal is to earn certifications from Built Green, Energy Star, American Lung Association Health House, Environments for Living and LEED for Homes.

The home has many green features:

• The lighthouse windows provide natural light and ventiliation.

• Solar energy generates some of the home's electricity.

• Metal roof for nontoxic rainwater-runoff collection



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