Unearth the Facts to Buy a Greener Home


Jonathan Philips, senior director at Cherokee, a Raleigh, N.C., investment firm that specializes in funding green projects, agrees. When he oversaw the construction of the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome near the company's offices, Philips planted rows of evergreen trees and shrubs on the northern side of the house as a windbreak and planned open landscaping on the southern side to allow summer breezes to ventilate and cool the home. "We also reduced the lawn to a functional size to reduce water consumption, pesticides and fuel for maintenance," he said.

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