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Going Green At The Beach

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Skipper Says...
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Green Living Tips from the Porters’ 'Recycled’ Dog', Skipper,
who grew up as a stray on
the streets of Puerto Rico
until Animals in Need
helped him find a wonderful
new life with the Porters.


What new at the beach?

Keep up with the latest at our Facebook Page and our blog and follow Anna on Twitter: @greenadvice

We are no longer conducting public tours but you are welcome to schedule a private tour by calling us at PorterWorks,

19126 Soundview Dr. NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

click here for directions
Parking is limited

Find out what the developers of Going Green at the Beach
are up to now! Dave & Anna Porter have expanded their business, PorterWorks. to include more educational opportunities for professionals in the building/real estate trades and increasing their services as a marketing and
sales resource providing business performance assessments and best practice recommendations.
Check out their new website at

Featured Educational Videos

Wine Cellar from Recycled Materials

Universal Design

Storm Water Management


GreenBuilder Magazine's
Green Homes of the Year award

Gold Nugget Award of Merit for
Sustainable Green Built Home

The 2008 NAHB Green Custom Home Builder
(Group Photograph with NAHB Award)

The 2007 Green Hammer Award winner

Completed in October, 2007, "Going Green at the Beach" continues to attract widespread attention from the media, the building industry, and the public. As of January, 2013, more than 38,000 unique visitors have browsed the information on the website, more than 3,000 people have toured the home, and the project has been featured in more than a dozen publications, including Natural Home, Smart HomeOwner, and Environmental Design + Construction. It has also been filmed for the TV show "Renovation Nation," launching in mid-2008 on the new national cable channel, Planet Green.

The Going Green at the Beach team would like to thank all who have worked to make this project such a success, especially the many firms whose generous sponsorship made the educational programming possible. We encourage you to continue to visit this site for updates, including a link to the homeowners' blog which will report on the performance of the products and systems used in the house.

See you at the beach!

To view the tour handout providing room-by-room details of the home's green products and features, click here.

Click here to listen to podcast!


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” in Woodinville, with the enormous yard and 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, and to document their options, choices, and decisions as well as the 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 this website, tours, presentations, and other education, the Porters will share much more than just the look of their “deep green” home. You’ll learn the opportunities and obstacles they faced, understand why they made the choices they did, see first-hand how a green home is built, and even hear tips on green living from the Porters’ “recycled” dog, Skipper.

We hope you enjoy "Going Green at the Beach"!


Owners/ Developers: Porterworks
Builder: Chaffey Homes
Architect: GMS Architectural Group
Engineer: DCI Engineers
Marketing/ Public Relations: Green Dog Enterprises
Photography/ Website: Northwest Property Imaging
Green Building: Construction Consultants of WA
Interior Design: Miller & Associates, LLC
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