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Next Step Builders

USGBC member

25 Drydock Ave.
Boston, MA 02210


Service area: 50 miles

Service Area: Boston, Brookline, Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Sudbury, Cambridge,


green remodeling and renovations, green home construction, energy efficiency measures, insulation, indoor air quality, windows, solar, passive solar, advanced lighting, heating and cooling


passive solar home construction, green kitchen & bathroom remodeling, window replacements, additions, bedrooms, and much more


Clayton Schuller
Director: Partnerships & New Business Lines
Prior to Next Step Builders, Clayton was at F.D. Sterritt Lumber where he developed a division focused on green building and green building products. He helped the company become the largest distributer of FSC Certified lumber on the East Coast and an industry leader in green products. Beyond building supplies, Clayton focused on the expansion of the green movement both commercially and residentially working directly with builders, owners, and architects to achieve their green goals and help drive change in the building community. He has worked extensively on LEED buildings and residences throughout New England and has been actively involved with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) Green Building Guidelines. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Builder’s Association of Greater Boston (BAGB) where he also is the Founder and Co-Chair of the BAGB Green Council. He is also a Board of Directors Member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Chairman of the Chapters and Membership Committee.
Steve Garwood
Senior Director: Next Step Builders
A custom builder for over 30 years, Steve built his first passive solar house in Steve’s most recent projects include the energy efficient renovation of an historical property in Brookline built by Charles Sargent, and interior woodwork for a home in Antigua, West Indies.
For 15 years, Steve was a producer for a number of award winning television series on PBS and The Discovery Channel. In 1998, he collaborated with noted architect and writer Sarah Susanka on the PBS series “Our House”.
Steve is a BPI-certified building energy analyst, a Massachusetts licensed construction supervisor, and a Massachusetts licensed home improvement contractor.
Tom Pittsley
Senior Director: Next Step Builders
With over 25 years of construction and design experience, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Before coming to Next Step Living, Tom was the founder of Energy Efficient Building Technologies, a design build company specializing in energy efficient, passive and active solar construction. He was the general contractor and construction supervisor for the 2007 MIT solar decathlon project and advisor to the BAC/Tufts 2009 solar decathlon team. Tom won honorable mention at the 2009 Boston Emerging Green builders, “Innovation in Green design competition” for his low energy, passive solar home project built here in Massachusetts.

Tom is currently building a passive solar home that combines a highly efficient building structure with passive design. When completed, the home will use 70% less energy to heat and cool than a normal home, while maintaining the highest standards of beauty, comfort and functionality.

Our goal is to build a new generation of homes that will be enjoyed for years to come while having a significantly lower impact on our environment. We are committed to building beautiful, efficient and healthy homes – each with sustainable products without sacrificing comfort, budget, and the overall environment within the home.
Next Step Builders is a division on Next Step Living. Next Step Living is a residential energy efficiency company, providing home energy diagnostics and improvements to the greater New England area. We are a socially-conscious, environmentally focused, results-driven organization dedicated to helping our customers lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes, and reduce their carbon footprint.

We run our business one home at a time, but we also realize the only way to ensure lasting change is to make a large scale impact. Through collaborative efforts with major utilities, communities, and employers, we strive to help bring social, economic, and environmental change to cities and towns across the country.

U.S. Green Building Council Member
U.S. Green Building Council Member

The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. More...