Green Living

Wrightsville Beach, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to attend the Cape Fear Green Building Association’s Green Living Expo & Conference! It will be held on October 21st at the Hilton Riverside in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. The Green Living Expo and Conference is for people in the Wilmington region interested in living a Green lifestyle, developing Green-related businesses and learning about local Green initiatives. In addition to the Green Expo, there will be seminars & workshops, a keynote speaker luncheon and the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards. 

Green HomeFor more information on the seminars and workshops, including a detailed list and registration instructions, click here. Topics to be discussed include Green retrofitting, landscaping, solar thermal, tax credits and rebates and more!

The Green Expo will be in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30 pm – 7 pm and free to the public. The Expo will feature products and services from a range of industries dedicated to operating businesses, homes and people’s lives in a Greener way. For more information on the Expo, click here.

The Keynote Speaker Luncheon will be from Noon – 1:30 pm and welcomes Jack Fuller, the CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Learn about the multi-billion dollar bets GE is making on Green initiatives through its Ecomagination Program. Advanced registration is required; for more information click here.

The evening will end with the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards & Reception from 7 pm – 8 pm. The Visions of Green Wilmington Awards will recognize the people who see Green opportunities in the Wilmington region. For more information, including how to enter, click here.

Mark Johnson Custom Homes will have a booth at the Expo in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30pm – 7pm. We welcome you to stop by and look forward to seeing you there!

Use these tips to make your current home more “Green” friendly! 
  • Greening Your HomeUse light paint colors for your home’s exterior; lighter colors reflect heat better than darker.
  • Insulate your attic, basement and crawl space. About 20% of energy costs come from heat loss in those areas.
  • Plant trees. Evergreen trees on the north side of your house can block winter winds and leafy trees on the south, east and west will provide shade from the summer sun.
  • Install fireplace draft stoppers, attic door covers and dryer vent seals that open only when your dryer is in use. An open damper in a fireplace can increase costs by 30%, and attic doors and dryer vent ducts are notorious energy sieves.
  • Restore porches and awnings. Porches, awnings, and shutters were intended for shade and insulation. To save energy, draw shades on winter nights and summer days.

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Mark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc is proud to use an environmentally smart option in their Green home in the Landfall Community in Wilmington, NC.

Mohawk Carpet leads innovation in sustainable flooring with SmartStrand® carpet with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer. In a partnership with DuPont, this carpet exclusively offers fiber made with Bio-PDO™ (the key Sorona® ingredient), which is produced from corn sugar.

By utilizing this new ingredient, 37 percent of Sorona® is being made from renewable resources. This marks the first time that a luxuriously soft carpet offers durability and stain protection, while also making less of an environmental impact.


DuPont™ Sorona® plays a major role in the worldwide objective of a renewable economy and represents a new frontier in sustainability. This carpet is environmentally smart because:

– The production of Sorona® polymer requires 30 percent less energy than the production of an equal amount of nylon.

– Greenhouse gas emissions from the production of Sorona® are 63 percent lower than nylon manufacturing.

– This energy reduction results in approximately one gallon of gasoline saved per every seven square yards of carpet.

The superior stain resistance of SmartStrand® carpet is engineered into the fiber and will never wear or wash off, meaning consumers will never need to retreat the carpet with stain protectors after steam cleaning.

And this engineered-in stain resistance reaches new levels of protection, allowing tough stains such as mustard, red wine, and cherry Kool-Aid® to be removed simply with warm water and a mild detergent, or with Mohawk FloorCare™ Essentials. The fiber even resists discoloration from bleach.

For more information, visit their site.

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When you work with Mark Johnson Custom Homes, you’ll find dedication to the details. A locally-owned family run business, we offer a professional and courteous staff. We are members of the National Association of Home Builders, Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Our philosophy is ingrained in detailed planning so we can eliminate costly and time consuming mistakes once we break ground. Our online Client Progress Portal serves as an electronic concierge for our customers by keeping them in the know on the progress of their home from anywhere in the world. We have a knowledgeable team of trade partners and associates that will assist in building the home of your dreams! We hope you will take the time to further acquaint yourself with Mark Johnson Custom Homes at our award-winning web site, and encourage you to contact us for your next home or investment!

“Mark Johnson and his team have worked diligently with us to ensure that our vision of our home would become a reality. His organization, attention to detail, and willingness to address our architectural and design modifications in a supportive manner has made our building process a rewarding experience.”
– Rich and Sharon Novak