Mainstream Greenhome Tour September 17th - NOON and 1pm

Join us on a our of Raleigh's extreme green home -

The Mainstream Green Home


It's a rare opportunity to go inside this private residence and see the green features first hand. This home won so many awards and created such a buzz.

What's the signficance of this home?  Well, the title is the clue.  The home looks like a mainstream home shedding the image that a green home has to look different. It's built in an existing Raleigh neighborhood.

This certified LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Platinum Home is an environmentally friendly demonstration house, designed to look and feel like a traditional home while using 70% less energy, conserving 60% more water, and providing a healthier living environment. The certification marks the first LEED for Homes Platinum designation in the Southeast, and the first certification in North Carolina.

This home also received Gold Certification through the Green Building Initiative by Green Home Builders of the Triangle (GHBT).  The Green Building program is based on the Model Green Home Building Guidelines developed by the National Association of Home Builders.  The GHBT is a joint program of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, & Chatham Counties and the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County.  And of course, it is an ENERGY STAR certified home.  The ENERGY STAR certification is 'entry level green' and is a pre-requisite for most of the green certification programs.

Here's the short list of the exceptional features that make the Mainstream Greenhome so special:

  • photovoltaic solar power
  • Solar hot water heat
  • geothermal system
  • rain water capture system
  • flooring manufactured from logs that are salvaged and milled in Wilmington

Want to learn more?  Here's a list of links of articles about the Mainstream Greenhome.

  • Mainstream Greenhome website
  • Youtube tour and introduction by Cherokee President Tom Darden
  • News and Observer Dec 9, 2007 article about the grand opening.
  • Photos from the grand opening


Since the home is a private residence, the address and directions are not included and will be sent to all confirmed attendees the day before the tour. 

There will be 2 tours at noon and 1pm each lasting about 45 minutes.  For planning purposes, the home is located near the Museum of Art in Raleigh, Rex Hospital and the NC State Fairgrounds.  Carpooling is encouraged since this is a neighborhood.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to find parking on the adjoining streets.

If you'd like to learn more about "The Value of a Green Certified Home", Jeanne will be presenting this topic to the North Raleigh Coffee and Contacts group at 10:00 am on Sept 17th just prior to the tour.  Coffee and Contacts is a power networking group for women with ten chapters throughout the Triangle region.

To learn about more green events in the Triangle, visit the Raleigh Environmental Action Circle for Humanity (REACH) meetup site calendar.  Jeanne Moyer regularly schedules green home tours that will be posted to this calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Moyer, 919-412-2384 or

Name Sales End Price
Noon - free 45 minute tour of the Mainstream Greenhome Sept 17 Ended Free
1pm - 45 minute free tour of Mainstream Greenhome Sept 17 Ended Free

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