Press Releases

Cherokee Launches Mainstream GreenHome Virtual Tour
Raleigh, N.C. – Homebuilders and buyers across the country can experience Cherokee’s Mainstream GreenHome through a new, online virtual tour at The interactive tour showcases the cutting-edge features of the Mainstream GreenHome, an idea home that brings green building to a home that looks and feels like its neighbors yet uses less energy and water and provides a healthier living environment.
October 10, 2008

Cherokee’s Mainstream GreenHome Certified LEED Platinum
Raleigh, N.C. – Cherokee’s Mainstream GreenHome, a showcase home that proves that environmentally sustainable design can be contemporary and beautiful, received Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes program (LEED for Homes). Please visit for a video and project description by Tom Darden, Cherokee’s CEO.
March 26, 2008

Cherokee’s GreenHome Wins Highest EnergyValue Housing Award
Orlando, Fla. – With construction of its National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM nearly complete, Cherokee was honored at the 2008 International Builders Show (IBS) with the 2008 Gold EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA), the highest honor bestowed upon a home by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC) and Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE’s National Energy Renewable Laboratories (NREL) and the Research Center presented Cherokee with a Gold Award for successfully integrating cutting-edge, energy-efficient features into all aspects of the project.
February 15, 2008

Construction Completed, Mainstream GreenHome Unveiled
Raleigh, N.C. - With its construction recently completed, Cherokee’s National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome TM opened its energy efficient doors to the public for the first time at a ribbon cutting event in Raleigh, N.C. for dignitaries and project partners. Earning countless accolades and incorporating many first-of-its-kind features throughout planning and construction, the Mainstream GreenHome is regarded as one the greenest and most influential homes in the country today.
December 10, 2007

GreenHome Incorporates Crawlspace Sealing System to Improve Energy Efficiency
Raleigh, N.C. – Zebulon-based Regional Waterproofing, a Basement Systems dealer, has teamed up with Cherokee Investment Partners, to incorporate a “green” crawl space system designed to reduce heating and cooling costs, and improve overall air quality in the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM. Cherokee’s GreenHome is an idea home intended to show builders and homeowners that green building can be done in a mainstream way that doesn’t compromise comfort or practicality.
July 2, 2007

Mainstream GreenHome Program Educates Builders at NAHB Green Building Conference
St. Louis, Mo. – A program at the 2007 National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Green Building Conference focused on Cherokee’s idea home project, the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM, and featured nearly a dozen green building experts from different fields discussing the realities of mainstreaming green building.
March 27, 2007

Cherokee Wins National NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year Award
St. Louis, Mo. – With its National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM gaining attention nationwide, Cherokee Investment Partners was honored at the 2007 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Conference with the National Group Advocate of the Year award, recognizing the company’s efforts to bring green building concepts to the mainstream.
March 25, 2007

Project Introduces Unique Eco-Friendly Cabinets to Mainstream
Raleigh, N.C. – As part of its continuing effort to make green building mainstream, Koch environmentally-friendly cabinets – the only green cabinets of its kind that are raised panel and traditionally designed – were selected and installed recently in the Mainstream GreenHomeTM by Potters Mill Design.  The home, being built by Cherokee, is an “idea home” aimed at reshaping the way average homebuyers and builders think about construction by popularizing green products and processes.
February 21, 2007

Raleigh Green Home is Designed to Turn Rainwater into Water for General Household Use
Raleigh, N.C. – BRAE (, an Oakboro, NC-based company that designs and supplies complete rainwater harvesting systems nationally, recently installed its unique water  catchment system in Cherokee’s National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM in Raleigh, N.C.  The system will be used to turn roof-channeled rain water into usable water for toilets, laundry and irrigation.
December 7, 2006

Cherokee Combines Solar Technologies to Produce Home That Generates More Energy than it Uses

Raleigh, N.C. – As part of its efforts to produce the showcase National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM in Raleigh, N.C. – the first of its kind known to be built in a traditional suburban neighborhood – Cherokee Investment Partners began installing two solar technologies that work in tandem to produce more energy than the home will ultimately consume.  This is the first application in the country of a system that places solar thermal tubing beneath rigid photovoltaic solar panels to achieve unprecedented levels of solar energy efficiency. 

October 31, 2006

Cherokee Announces Its Green Demonstration Home Project
Cherokee Announces Its Green Demonstration Home Project at National Association of Homebuilders’ National Green Building Conference
National leader in brownfield redevelopment creating environmentally-superior home within an existing community to serve as a showcase home for homebuilders nationwide
September 13, 2006

Cherokee Investment Partners Breaks Ground on Mainstream GreenHome™ of the Future
Raleigh, N.C. – Cherokee Investment Partners, a world leader in the sustainable revitalization of environmentally impaired properties, held an official groundbreaking today for its National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHomeTM in Raleigh, N.C. – the first of its kind known to be built in a typical suburban neighborhood.
July 19, 2006