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Green Step

Insulation, Air Sealing, Energy Audits, Comfort Improvements


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Description

Green Step is proud to be a participating contractor in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Administration, and part of the emPOWER Maryland initiative which seeks to reduce energy use by 15% per person by 2015. In 2010, the company also has received approval as a full service participating contractor for the Pepco Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Green Step also is the ONLY contractor in Maryland to offer Tripolymer Foam Insulation, a highly efficient, economical thermal and acoustical foam-in-place insulation. Architects have specified Tripolymer in schools, hospitals, universities, high-rise buildings, shopping centers and residential homes throughout the United States. Tripolymer reduces energy loss, improves sound attenuation and, most importantly, increases the fire safety of many types of construction. It also meets the new environmental standards since it does not use or emit HCFC or hydrocarbons. Founder and President Jim McKenna, a resident of North Potomac, is an accredited contractor with the Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and a frequent speaker on home energy topics. Jim has participated in several hundred residential energy projects reducing energy consumption up to 35 percent. Jim is a member of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's Workforce Initiative Board as an energy auditing consultant. He is a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, which is a part of the nationwide Residential Energy Services Network. Jim also is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a building analyst.

Certifications

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BPI Building Analyst

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BPI Envelope Professional

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EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting

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RESNET Home Energy Rater

Services

       Air Sealing
Comprehensive Remodeling
Duct Sealing
Energy Audit
Geothermal
Heating and Cooling
Insulation
Water Heating
Windows

Contact information

Address 14801 Rolling Green Way
N Potomac, MD 20878
Phone 301-330-6600
Fax
Email jmckenna@greensteptoday.com
Website www.greensteptoday.com
For more information please contact:

Name Jim McKenna
Phone 301-330-6600
Fax
Email jmckenna@greensteptoday.com



Homeowner reviews

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rating  I would have appreciated a reply, by Chester

Services provided: other | Services completed: 2/2014

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: I contacted this contractor on three separate occasions, via email and via telephone. Not once did I receive a reply. I'm very disappointed.


rating  highly recommend, by sampath

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 2/2012

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: this contractor is very knowledgable and flexible. Did a great job educating me about what products/services were best for me. Highly recommend.


rating  Outstanding home energy improvement, by Bill

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 12/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: My home performance contractor, Green Step, did a wonderful energy retrofit on my house. Their staff were knowledgeable and easy to work with. They kept my house clean and I can already notice a change in the comfort of my home. I would recommend Green Step to a neighbor and already have.


rating  Review, by John G

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit | Services completed: 12/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Good experience, very professional approach


rating  Review, by John G

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit | Services completed: 12/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Good experience, very professional approach


rating  great experience!, by Lisa S.

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 11/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: We knew we had problems but the energy audit was a real eye-opener! The GreenStep crew was professional and thorough. We are very pleased with the work and highly recommend the company and the experience overall.


rating  Rating, by Rick

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 11/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Performed audit and work. Both were professional and everything was explained thoroughly.


rating  Green Step Review, by Francis DuVinage

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 11/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step conducted a very thorough energy audit, then performed approx. 1 and 1/2 days of work including attic insulation, extensive air sealing, and numerous related tasks. The owner was present for the work much of the time, and the work crew was hard working, efficient and did a great job cleaning up. We had a significant measured improvement in the follow-up test - 34%. We were very pleased will all aspects of their work.


rating  Great job, by Javier

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 11/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step did a great job insulating and air sealing our house. I would recommend them highly.


rating  p, by p

Services provided: insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 10/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step showed uo when scheduled for the estimate and performing the work. They had to come back two days later to finish something up, but that was not a problem. They were pleasant to deal with. Frankly, it's hard to know the quality of the work because I have no way of inspecting the insulating in my attic.


rating  Delivered as Promised!! , by Lasantha

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit | Services completed: 10/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: The whole process was handled professionally and A to Z was taken care of efficiently. From my first call to SideStep for the Audit, to the Estimate, to the Insulation took ten days. Highly recommend the owner and staff of SideStep.


rating  Green Step -- a reliable contractor, by Darcy

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 9/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step did a great job, start to finish. Not only did installation and cleanup go well, but the assistance with application for rebates was also very helpful.


rating  Outstanding, by Uncle Gene

Services provided: insulation | Services completed: 9/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Workmen were efficient and completed work on time.


rating  Happy with Greenstep, by SE Comstock

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 8/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: We used Greenstep to do our insulation work. They were reasonably priced, prompt and helpful. They reviewed our energy audit, offered some additional suggestions that we could do and seemed to take their time with us. I would recommend them for similar work.


rating  My review of Green Step, by Jean

Services provided: insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 8/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Work was done timely, workers were polite and professional and cleaned up afterwards. Price was right compared to other companies from which I received estimates. Energy improving suggestions made logical sense.


rating  Insulation/Air Sealing by Green Step, by HJC

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 8/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step performed insulation and air sealing to my 1971 Pulte built home. They insulated the main and garage attics on some of the hottest days of the year. I have a single zone thermostat and the AC system would struggle to keep the top floor at 76 (tstat set to 74) degrees when the outside temperature was over 90 degrees. After the work was done, the AC system reaches 74 on the top floor. There were some warmer spots in the corners of the ceiling on the top floor. Jim made time to come out and assess the ceiling temperature difference with a thermal scanning gun. Eventually we determined it was a limitation of the attic pitch at those points that limited the amount of insulation. Jim personally oversees the work and was committed to my 100% satisfaction of the work.


rating  Sherman, Canal Road, by Chuck Sherman

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit, other | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Green Step did an excellent job ahead of schedule and within the estimate. The job took a couple of days and the workers were very professional. We can't believe the difference.


rating  Thorough, by L.A.

Services provided: insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: What I liked most about my experience with Jim was his willingness to take the time to answer all my questions and concerns.


rating  Attic Insulation, by Tariq

Services provided: insulation | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step has performed their job as per contract and on time. I wish they would have made a courtesy call but overall I have no issues with the contractor.


rating  Thorough, by L.A.

Services provided: insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: What I liked most about my experience with Jim was his willingness to take the time to answer all my questions and concerns.


rating  Green Step, by Jason

Services provided: insulation | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step was extremely professional and responsive in all of their communication. Their estimate was clear and easy to understand and the execution of the job was completed on time and very professional from start to finish. I would definitely recommend them as a contractor


rating  Thank you for a good experience, by Nancy

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Staff was professional and job was completed on time, as described.


rating  Old House, New Efficiency, by UP old house

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 7/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: While I won't really know how well this works until the winter, I am very confident that the improvements will pay off in dollars as well as comfort. I love my old house, but energy-wise it was a mess.


rating  second to none, by Tam Vu

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 6/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Jim is a straightforward person and he and and his team are very experience people. On the day of work they came on time and worked hard till late afternoon. We have a small baby at home and were concerned about the noise and dust, but we were wrong. Noise was not anything noticeable, there was a little dust but they did the vacuum thoroughly. And by the time they left, they house was as clean as before, only much cooler. Definitely recommend Green Step.


rating  GreenStep Weatherization Review, by PS Vish

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 6/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: GreenStep was professional in their work from the start till the end. Their people clearly explained what will be done, did the work on time and cleaned up after the work was done very nicely. Very satisfied with their work.


rating  Satisfaction, by Jesse Etelson

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 6/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step was very professional, timely, and neat. They responded promptly to a minor problem.


rating  Good Service at Green Step, by Suzy

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 5/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Everything went fine with no problems.


rating  Comprehensive Insulation, by Satisfied Customer

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit | Services completed: 5/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: The contractor executed an energy audit which revealed a number of areas for improvement, and undertook effective remedial measures. The entire experience was highly satisfactory and I recommend it to others.


rating  Good job, by Catherine Plaisant

Services provided: insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 5/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Overall good experience with the team.


rating  Green Step Review, by Meg Moga

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 5/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Jim McKenna and his employees were very professional. He was easy to talk to, made things easy to understand, answered questions, and did a very good job with the contracted work. He did not seem to be cutting corners, or rushing. He was really a pleasure to work with and I have recommended him to others.


rating  We loved Jim from Green Steps, by Rebecca

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 5/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: We were very happy with Green Steps. Jim was very flexible, professional, and friendly! His crew were also efficient, curteous, and clean. We were very happy with the work they did! Hope I can recommend them to others in the future!


rating  Home Insulation, by AT

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 4/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Completed work as he said he would. We now have an even temparature throughout our 1st floor level which is an improvement. Would recommend him to others.


rating  Insulation, by David

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit, heating and cooling | Services completed: 4/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Work was done in a timely manner and completely neatly. Insulation seems to be doing its job; temperature seems more even on all levels of house. Too early to compare costs.


rating  Save money , by Phyllis Fordham

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 4/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: I had an energy audit done by Avalon Energy, in Bethesda Md. Then Green Step completed the work suggested. Both Avalon and Green Step were terrific. The work seems to be paying off already in a more comfortable distribution of cool air in the summer season.I look forward to experiencing the heating season. My rebate from Pepco came quickly. I am still waiting for the State rebate and I understand the county has a dismal performance rate on rebates.


rating  Green Step Insulation Review, by Bruce Brizendine

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 4/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Good price. Good work. The energy auditor came back and was satisfied with the work. Green Step did everything in the contract and more. They bid more insulation (15")than anyone else.


rating  2011 energy improvements, by Alan Esenstad

Services provided: insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 4/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Overall, this experience was very pleasant. The energy audit was done in a timely manner. The findings were communicated well. I then had the contractor come out and provide an assessment and estimate of the most beneficial work to be done. The majority of the work related to adding insulation to the attic and certain other areas of the house. This work seemed to help with the summer heat. I will be curious about the benefits during this coming winter.


rating  Lux4run, by Lux4run

Services provided: insulation | Services completed: 3/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: I thought the whole experience was very good. Everything happened exactly as I was told it would happen. I was expecting some sort of problem with the rebate but it came exactly as expected. The contractor was excellent and the folks that handled the rebate did their part very very well.


rating  Lux4run, by Lux4run

Services provided: insulation | Services completed: 3/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: I thought the whole experience was very good. Everything happened exactly as I was told it would happen. I was expecting some sort of problem with the rebate but it came exactly as expected. The contractor was excellent and the folks that handled the rebate did their part very very well.


rating  excellent job, by James Alessi

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, lighting, duct sealing, energy audit, heating and cooling | Services completed: 3/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step did and excellent job with our audit and the actual work.


rating  Before you go solar..., by Sherry Marshall

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 3/2011

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: ur house is a 1950's rambler - not very energy efficient. In October 2009 we had solar panels installed, thinking we would see a difference in our energy usage. There was a difference, but it was fairly disappointing. After a home energy audit by Ecobeco, I learned the importance of air sealing and insulating before spending money on alternative energy - or even replacement windows. I recommend that all homeowners have a home energy audit. A friend whose house was only 2 years old found that there were areas in her house that could be improved. (I can't swear to this, but since the air sealing and insulating was done, I have seen far fewer stink bugs - a true bon us!)


rating  Green Step review, by Joost Hiltermann

Services provided: insulation, duct sealing | Services completed: 2/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Although there were several delays in getting the job done, the contractor was professional, personable, and precise. A job well done.


rating  Extremely professional. Solid advice. Solid execution., by Saul Kravitz

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 2/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Green step did an energy audit, and an analysis of our A/C system. They identified items that previous auditors had missed. Great work at a great price. highly recommended.


rating  Energy audit and attic insulation, by John Wohlhieter

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, energy audit | Services completed: 2/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: The contractor was excellent and the work was through and well done


rating  insulation contractor, by haobaodk

Services provided: air sealing, insulation | Services completed: 2/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: Jim from Green Step is very easy to work with. He reviewed the comments from Audit report prepared by Ecobeco in details and explained to me any questions i had. Very responsive in terms of emails and/or calls.


rating  great work, great result, by natasha

Services provided: insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 2/2011

The contractor has verified this job: Yes

Homeowner comments: great work


rating  Friendly No Hassle Contractor, by Justin Clarke

Services provided: air sealing, insulation, energy audit | Services completed: 6/2010

The contractor has verified this job: No

Homeowner comments: Green Step provided an energy audit through a subcontractor and then did some insulation and air sealing work in my house. The owner, Jim McKenna is very nice - quick to respond and quite relaxed. We missed our estimate due to traffic and they were quick to reschedule the same day. Insulation work and sealing were done quickly and to our standards. Site cleanup was OK in that I did a good amount of cleaning after they left, but that seems pretty common among contractors these days. Scheduling was somewhat slow, and we were forced to reschedule due to a conflict on the contractor's end. This is the only real minus - it pushed our job back further than we'd like. Jim is well versed in rebate programs and was a great help in getting forms completed and signed.


 

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