Local Washington Residents Trade 'Old School' for 'Green Cool'

Van Nuys, Calif. (October 30, 2007) – Is it possible to turn a 100-year-old, ramshackle beachfront house into an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible home?  That’s what Dave and Anna Porter intend to do with their house in Warm Beach, Wash. This environmentally conscious couple is “Going Green at the Beach” by turning their 1907 waterfront home into a public demonstration of how we can all go “deep green” with affordable and available components. This means products should function efficiently, as well as being manufactured in an environmentally sensitive process. CaesarStone was their countertop of choice.

“Our plant in Israel has always strived to use the latest earth friendly technology in its manufacturing process,” said Arik Tendler, president of CaesarStone.  “Over the years we have reduced our emissions and decreased our energy consumption in a conscious effort towards being a responsible company.”

CaesarStone’s green nature is enhanced by the fact that its product is the only countertop material to be ISO 14001:2004-certified with UKSA Environmental Management: the foundation for solid ecological management systems. CaesarStone is also nonporous and resistant to mold and mildew.  In addition, unlike other countertop surfaces, CaesarStone does not need to be repeatedly chemically sealed or cleaned with strong detergents that can be harmful to one’s health. As further proof of CaesarStone’s commitment to the environment, the National Sanitation Federation (NSF) approves its surface material.

“Green at the Beach” set a record by being in compliance with five residential green certificate programs active in Washington. The remodel will include items such as geothermal heat, high efficiency windows, dual flush toilets, compact fluorescent lights and low flow showerheads and faucets. By using deconstruction and salvage techniques in the remodel, 80 percent of the material in the existing structure will be diverted from the landfill.

The “Green at the Beach” project will serve as an example of how everyone can make meaningful changes in how they live. The home will be promoted through its website, tours, presentations and media coverage to show the process of building a ‘deep green’ home.

“Going Green at the Beach” will be open for public tours Saturdays and Sundays, October 27 & 28, November 3 & 4, and 10 & 11.  For more information, visit the project website www.goinggreenatthebeach.com.

About CaesarStone
CaesarStone is the original quartz surface manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, CA;, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Miami, FL and New York City. CaesarStone produces premium quartz surfaces, complementing any design application, from traditional to contemporary, for both home and commercial applications. Price range is from $70 to $120 per square foot installed. CaesarStone products are available through kitchen and bath retailers, fabricators, architects, designers, builders and distributors nationwide.

Offering a Llifetime Warranty as of February 15, 2008, their products are stain, scratch and heat resistant. CaesarStone has earned the respected Good Housekeeping Seal from Good Housekeeping Research Institute in addition to ISO 14001 (environmental management system), ISO 9002 (quality management standard) and NSF (public health and safety) certification.

For more information about CaesarStone and its products, please visit the company's website at www.CaesarStoneUS.com, or call toll-free 877-9QUARTZ (877-978-2789).