Readers' Pick

Douglas Construction Group

Doug Monsein, who founded Douglas Construction Group in 1999, says people mistakenly equate green building with installing solar panels. Although his firm does that, Monsein says green building encompasses the entire “building envelope”—meaning insulation, air quality, energy efficiency and environmental impact.

Readers apparently appreciate that approach. They selected Monsein’s firm as the “Best Green Builder” this year, as well as in 2012.

Wes Wright is among Monsein’s fans. When Douglas Construction built a house for him and his wife, Emily, in 2012, the green building perks were automatically incorporated into the plans. Energy bills for the new house—which is more than twice the size of their nearby starter home—are significantly lower and all the rooms maintain a consistent temperature.

Now the Wrights are relocating to Colorado. So “we asked Doug to take some time off and build us the exact same house out there.”

Currently working on his 105th Bethesda-area home, Monsein says that “green building practices should be part of all building. A good builder is a green builder.”

8429 Fox Run, Potomac, 301-983-6947,

Other Top Vote Getters: Meridian Homes, Sandy Spring Builders