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.

Cherokee chief executive officer and president Tom Darden was on hand to receive the award.

“We’re deeply appreciative of this recognition by our peers in the green building community and the NAHB as a whole,” said Darden. “We see NAHB as highly instrumental in promoting sustainable change throughout the homebuilding industry. The existence of its green building conference is a clear example of that.”

Cherokee’s GreenHome is nearing completion in Raleigh, N.C., nearby its company headquarters. The home is designed to showcase the appeal of green building to the average American homebuyer in two ways: first, by showing that living green improves our quality of life in a number of ways, and secondly by demonstrating the new products and technological innovations that are making sustainable living more attractive and feasible than ever before.

“When a green home doesn’t look or feel significantly different from one built using more traditional construction methods, when builders have the tools and resources to build them without significant material or labor cost increases, and when consumers readily accept the finished product, then ‘green’ has arrived,” NAHB Green Building Subcommittee chair Ray Tonjes. “Cherokee has helped lead the way to market acceptance. Cherokee is a pioneer in mainstreaming green building.”

At last year’s official groundbreaking event, Cherokee’s GreenHome was the first home in the nation known to be built in a typical subdivision under the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Model Green Home Building Guidelines. Now more than 100 homes meet such guidelines. In addition, the home will be certified with the Environmental Protection Agency/ US Department of Energy (EPA/DOE) Energy Star Program and the North Carolina Solar Center’s Healthy Built Homes state program, among others.

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