Modern, Environmentally Friendly Home By: Morgan Galbraith From: Jeff Troyer Associates February 02, 2015 This modern home combines comfort, function and style with an environmentally friendly HVAC system, drought-tolerant plants and a unique interior design. Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money off these affiliate links. Learn more. 1 / 8 Photo: Lee Manning. From: Jeff Troyer Associates. Modern Rancher With Drought Tolerant Landscaping The full renovation of this modern 1959 rancher included the seamless integration of an environmentally friendly HVAC system. The landscaping was replaced with drought-tolerant species that blend into the surrounding hills.