April 4, 2006
PATH Innovator Breaks Ground on First of its Kind Green Subdivision
Cherokee Investment Partners, a PATH partner and leader in the acquisition, remediation and sustainable redevelopment of brownfields, broke ground yesterday on the Mainstream Green Home, the first home in the first subdivision in the country to be built under the National Association of Home Builders' Model Green Home Building Guidelines. The Green Home, which also marks the kickoff of Cherokee's green building initiative, is designed to showcase residential green building techniques and materials as a viable means of construction for homebuilders without sacrificing comfort for residents.
To best approximate the challenges facing the green building movement in the United States, the Mainstream Home, which is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is being built on a lot not ideally suited for green building, in a suburban infill development by a builder who has not previously built "green." The Mainstream Home is designed to help the building industry overcome misperception in the home building industry about green building practices. Designed to meet the requirements outlined by the LEED for Homes Pilot Project, it will also use 50% less fossil fuel than a conventionally built home; recycle or reuse 90% of all organic waste onsite; consume 50% less water than conventional homes; and include products having low or zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
"Green homes need not come at a significant cost to builders and consumers," said Ed Ellis, Regional Field Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, who spoke on behalf of PATH at the event. "Green building practices and technologies have been with us for some time. The challenge now is to find leaders willing to implement them. We are very pleased to have partners like Cherokee investing their resources and creative energy in large-scale housing improvements."The Mainstream Home is a collaboration between Cherokee Investment Partners, the North Carolina HealthyBuilt Homes Program, ENERGY STAR, Advanced Energy, and Southern Energy Management.
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Content updated on 4/19/2006