“Home project takes green to another level” – by Onell Soto, Union Tribune

At a new home development now going up in Carlsbad, the gutters run into big plastic buckets shaped to look like terra cotta vases.
Homeowners will be expected to use a hose attached to the buckets to water the drought-tolerant landscaping — which is included in the purchase price.
It’s a little thing, collecting rainwater, but it’s a sign of the steps that Brookfield Homes has taken to build homes that use less water and less energy. The company has spent the last two years coming up with ways to green up its first development since last decade’s housing boom.
The goal is to tap into a growing ecological mindset in the marketplace, said Stephen Doyle, who oversees Brookfield’s operations in San Diego and Riverside counties.

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