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Charlestown Wine and Spirits
4625 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
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Charlestown Wine and Spirits is a more than 5,700-square-foot store in southern Rhode Island.

Designed to be Sensibly Green, the store marries traditional forms with energy-efficient technologies and building systems.


The building envelope is made of Climate-Block expanded polystyrene panels that are made to eliminate thermal bridging. A geothermal system heats and cools the store, including the beer coolers, by using the earth as its principle energy source; three 450-foot-deep wells tap into the earth's constant 50-degree temperature. Thoughtful placement of operable windows reduces the need for air conditioning and artificial light.


The commitment to environmentally friendly design extends to the two-acre building site.

Non-invasive native landscaping, permeable paving stones, and dark-sky compliant lighting contribute to low-impact development.


Charlestown Wine and Spirits has received extensive press coverage and has been visited by the Rhode Island Governor and Federal Delegations. For more information and photos of Charlestown Wine Spirits, visit


For links to articles and press coverage, visit


For more information on Sensibly Green, visit



Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by A & E Properties or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
A & E Properties

Property Manager:*
A & E Properties

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (95)

Facility Type: Retail Store

Total Floorspace: 5713 sf

Year Constructed: 2011

Contract Type: Single Turn-Key Contract

Technologies Used:
   Other Technologies/Strategies