Green home building has come a very long way over the last decade or so and is pretty much just taking over the market. It really is no surprise since not only does it save you money, but you’re doing your part to help the environment at the same time. Check out a few easy green home building ideas. 


You definitely want to consider the size of your home. Bigger is not always better, because no matter how green you build a large home, it will still have a bigger impact on the environment than if you went a little smaller. This absolutely doesn’t mean that you have to build a cottage or anything, it just means that you shouldn’t build too much bigger than you actually need. 

Cool Roof 

Your roof can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your home. You’ll definitely want to choose a material that will reflect the sun away from your home rather than absorb it. This can definitely reduce your energy usage and costs. You’re looking at materials like slate, terra-cotta, and metal, just to name a few. The initial cost is a little more, but you will more than make up for it with the energy savings that you will experience.  

Solar Power 

When you’re building a new home you can always decide to use solar power, meaning that you can take advantage of the sun’s energy to power you home. A lot of this has to do with how you position your home and where you place the solar panels in order to take full advantage of the sun’s benefits. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson to learn more about green home building and what it can do for you, your home, and the environment. 

The reason that people build green homes is usually an attempt to reduce the harmful impact that home building can have on the environment. But what many people don’t realize is that they can, in fact, disrupt the existing ecosystem by making a few minor mistakes during the building process. It’s important to stay environmentally conscientious the entire time. Take a look at a just a few of the common mistakes to avoid with green home building.

Only Build What You Need

Sometimes people are quick to build overly large houses without considering how much space they are really going to need. The trick is to build a home where the space is just right, and nothing more or less. Too much house equals wasted space and wasted energy, which in turn will increase your heating and cooling costs.

Choose the Right Location 

Location is key when building a home for multiple reasons, and one of them is definitely considering the ecosystem. You will want to carefully select the right lot size and location for your home. Building closer to town is usually a good idea as to not disrupt local wildlife. When you build off the beaten path you are going to create roads, power lines, and utilities where there once wasn’t.

Save Energy 

There are so many ways to save energy. For starters, make sure that all of your equipment is energy-efficient. This means high-efficiency and green appliances. You can even consider a tankless water heater.

Use Environmentally Friendly Products

Make sure that all of the materials that you are using to build your home are environmentally friendly. This includes building materials, roofing materials, insulation, flooring, counters, cabinets, and more. Try to use recycled lumber, recycled glass, and all natural products.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on green home building and what it can do for you and your home.

With the environment constantly changing around us, it’s important to remain active and fully aware of what’s going on with it at all times. Creating an environmentally friendly home helps you to have a positive atmosphere to live in, while saving money and energy at the same time. Take a look at some good tips for green home building.


Many people fail to realize that the location of their home can have a huge impact on things. Homes facing towards the west will have more sun exposure, making them harder to keep cool. Also take a look which areas are more prone to things like flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. before you start building. And the distance that you have to drive to get to stores should also be considered.


If you’re looking to save energy, and money, definitely pay close attention to the type of equipment that you’re putting in your home. Look for ENERGY STAR labels, which means that the EPA has deemed it as energy-efficient. This type of equipment offers big savings in energy and money without compromising performance at all. Get ENERGY STAR windows installed as well, and even consider installing solar panels on your roof.


The materials that you use to build your home can make a big difference. Use eco-friendly materials for everything, including the roof, floors, cabinets, counters, insulation, and just about everything in between. You can use reclaimed lumber and recycled plastic and glass, or you can just go completely natural with bamboo, cork, or linoleum.

There are lots of things that you can do to build a green home, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.

The big question for consumers with green home building and remodeling projects is if there is any real value. Is the initial higher cost of a green home really worth the money? People not only want to ensure that energy efficiency will produce a significant reduction in utility costs, but there is a real concern if these houses will have a positive impact on the environment, not only in affecting global climate change but also for the sustainability of resources. The good news is that all studies show green homes have a tangible positive impact.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) states, “Key Trends in the European and U.S. Construction Marketplace, operating costs for green buildings are on average 8 to 9% lower, building values are 7.5% higher, buildings have a 3.5% greater occupancy ratio, and green buildings provide a 6.6% total return on investment.” Therefore, not only do green homes save you money on your electric and water bills, the have a higher demand and value at resale. This all comes from a 45 percent reduction in electricity usage and 39 percent reduction of water.

However, GSA also cites multiple studies when reporting on the positive environmental impact. Green home building techniques reduce the waste going to landfill from construction projects by 95 percent. The process includes location selection, and a proper site reduces pollution. Moreover, sustainable designs do factor in the entire life-cycle of the home, including things like materials used and greenhouse gasses. It is not just the homes itself, but also the acquisition of materials, transportation to and from the home, and other factors including the eventual demolishing some time in the far future. Therefore, the money spent on green home buildings is well invested.

If you would like to talk more about the positive impact of green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

Green home building has been a rising trend for several years. It doesn’t show any sign of stopping, either. It is likely that any environmentally conscious, sustainable elements in a home will be even more important 10 and 20 years out than they are now. And they’re plenty important now! People are increasingly aware of climate change and the need for conservation both of energy and water.

In addition, green building can save you money by lowering energy costs. If you want to resell your home, green building features will make sure your resale value reaches the maximum.

So, what are the best ways to ensure green home building? Here are three.

One. Plan for a Small Footprint

One of the most important steps is to plan for green building before you even move in. Lawns, plantings, and shade trees, for example, are also proven to increase air quality and lower the temperature in the summer. Running air conditioners causes energy expenditures to go up. Ultimately, homeowners are pulling from oil and gas reserves to cool their homes – not sustainable. Make sure that a plan for energy use as low as it can be is part of the overall environment of the home.

Two. Make Sure Your Home Has Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star appliances are mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. Look specifically for the Energy Star label when you search for a home. Energy Star labels can be found on most appliances (dishwashers, hot water heaters, refrigerators), but they are also found on items that control the amount of heat in or out, like doors.

Three. Look for Solar Energy

Ultimately, probably the best green building feature is solar energy panels. Why? Because many green building practices are designed to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels draw and convert energy for the sun, so requirements for fossil fuel consumption (even if reduced fossil fuel consumption) simply become less or nonexistent. Look for solar panels when you search for a house!

Contact us to discuss our environmentally sustainable homes and practices.

Oftentimes, new home builders will focus more on price and location than on one of the most important issues, energy efficiency.

Green home building embraces the idea of building energy efficient homes that will leave smaller carbon thumbprints on the earth and on the environment. This is also an important economic issue that is becoming increasingly important to lawmakers.

Why is Green Home Building so important?

By using a green home builder, the homeowner can live in a home that uses less water and energy. Houses built using green technology are healthier places to live and create less waste.

Unlike conventional building techniques, green home building incorporates techniques that utilize resources in a more efficient manner at every phase of the building cycles. This includes renovation, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.

What does building green entail?

Green building contractors use aesthetic and technical planning that is focused on nature conservation. It is common for green building designs to reflect their surrounding environments using local, sustainable, natural resources such as straw or bamboo. They often turn to recycled resources as well, which lessen building costs.  By using locally sourced materials, the air pollution associated with hauling building materials across long distances is reduced exponentially.

Caldwell & Johnson

Since 1968, Caldwell & Johnson has been building high quality, energy-efficient homes. However, today, the company has fully embraced green home building techniques that help make the world a safer, better place.  If you are interested in learning more about green building practices, or are considering building a new home, please contact us for further information.

When you’re working with a location as gorgeous as beachfront, customizing your new beach house is both fun and rewarding. Your focus should be taking full advantage of the plentiful sunshine and the cool ocean breezes that your new house will be charmed with. Check out some of the best architectural features that you can choose when it comes to custom beach house building.

Oversized Windows

You’re going to want to let in as much natural light as possible, and not to mention give yourself the greatest view possible, too. The best way to achieve this is to add very large oversized windows. Let the light just pour in, and open your view up enough to almost make it feel like you’re actually standing outside when you look out your windows.

Outdoor Living Space  

Of course when customizing your beach house you’re going to want to spend some time designing the perfect outdoor living space. This could include extensive decks, patios, and/or porches. The bigger the better. Nothing screams tropical oasis like a large outdoor living space for relaxing and unwinding, or for entertaining guests.

Stylish Exterior 

Sometimes simply just the exterior of your home can speak volumes. You can totally maximize your beach house plans by choosing building materials that completely fit the part of being beach-like. Popular beach house materials include stucco shingles and siding, and metal roofs.

There is a beach house plan to match every peaceful vision that you have. Contact us today so we can start helping you make those visions a reality.

Nobody wants a home that is dark, cramped, or outdated. The main trick in avoiding this is to refrain from adding too much furniture/decor that can weigh down your rooms and obstruct your walls and your windows. That mixed with your colors and the types of windows that you have is the perfect recipe for a light and airy feel. It is no surprise that this building trend is so popular. 


Less is more when it comes to the furniture in your home. The last thing you want is to feel confined or restricted in any way. How you place your furniture is very important as well. Never block off any windows or doors. Not only will it block off natural light, but it will interfere with the entire traffic flow and circulation of the room. 


The larger the better when it comes to your windows. You will want to let in as much natural light as possible, while creating a fabulous view of the outdoors at the same time. Be careful with your curtain selection, too, since you don’t want to block the light with something too dark. Think sheer. Keep your blinds opened and your windows cracked during the day. 

White on White 

Nothing creates that open and airy feeling like white on white. The more white the better. White walls, white furniture, white carpeting, and white paint. It’s the best way to promote that crisp, clean feeling that is so desired. You can always add splashes of color throughout your home, but just try to keep it fresh looking with as much white as possible. 

Contact us today to get started on your light and airy home remodeling transformation!

A luxury green home building is more than the latest trend or fashion statement. Builders and homeowners agree, suitable building methods and eco-friendly homes are a necessity. Based on some data, nearly half of all energy and material consumption comes from buildings. Additionally, buildings are responsible for 25 percent of all wood harvested and a sixth of all water use. Therefore, green home building is common sense.

The good news is the simplistic and cold green homes of the past are gone. Today’s luxury green home building are high performance, healthy, and stylish. In the past, environmentally sensitive construction meant making compromises on lifestyle or design. However, today’s luxury green homes are dream homes. However, the benefits, of a new luxury green home, don’t end there.

Benefits of Luxury Green Home Building

Financial – The cost savings over a 20-year span outweighs the additional cost of construction. Some studies report a more than tenfold return. Therefore, an added $40,000 invested in building green design returns $400,000 over 20 years. 

Market Value – Luxury green homes sell at a higher price with sustainable components. It is a simple fact, green homes outperform traditional homes based on utility and maintenance costs. This increases buyer appeal and demand.

Health Buildings – Today’s luxury green homes do not suffer from the “sick building syndrome” of older homes and buildings. Ventilation and whole-house air cleaning systems remove the causes of indoor air pollution.

Finally, if one goes the extra step with an ENERGY STAR certified new home, there is the added peace of mind knowing the builder followed best practices. Moreover, the home passed independent inspections and testing. An ENERGY STAR certified new home provides confidence, the certification ensures the home uses up to 30 percent less energy than a traditional house.

If you would like to talk about the benefits of luxury green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

In April, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced the Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) as a pilot program to eliminate the use of illegal wood in the LEED buildings.

LEED certification has become the worldwide standard in rating the design, construction, and operation of green buildings and projects. Realizing the ability to make a change, USGBC designed the ACP credit to fill a gap in the LEED accreditation. LEED credits are given based on the percentage of wood legally source, instead of all the wood. 

Illegal logging is a worldwide problem that damages our environment, communities, and economy. Illegal wood may come from fragile ecosystems or may be removed from lands without paying the landowner or taxes. Trade in illegally harvested wood is extremely profitable and therefore very hard to prevent.

The new pilot ACP credit program rewards team who take a proactive approach to verifying that wood used in their project is legal. As a pilot program, the ACP credit will help focus attention on the need to improve the verification processes used in identifying legally harvested wood and reward project teams who verify the wood they use is legal. Rick Fedrizzi, the founder and CEO of USGBC, also states:

“With the pilot ACP, we are increasing the scope of LEED related to wood with an eye toward possibly applying what we learn to other industries. Beyond this credit, LEED v4 takes steps to reward progress related to all raw materials sourcing issues and encourage all sectors to continue to improve.” 

To talk more about LEED building construction , or anything else, please contact us

Copyright 2018 Caldwell and Johnson Custom Builders Rhode Island / Green Builders Rhode Island
Website Design by Ally Marketing