Federal Government Pushes Healthy Homes Agenda
The federal government’s new Healthy Homes Strategic Plan provides a blueprint for housing reform stressing the need to keep homes dry, clean, well-ventilated, pest- and contaminant-free, safe, and well maintained. (Builder)

New Climate Bill Has Far-Reaching Implications for Builders, Others
The American Clean Energy and Security Act presents risks and opportunities for a wide array of businesses, including builders and appliance manufacturers and retailers. (Wall Street Journal)

Groups Push for Green Building in Missouri
Advocacy groups in Missouri estimate residents and businesses could save $210 million in energy costs over the next 20 years if the state develops an up-to-date energy code. (St. Louis Today)

Tennessee Bill Sets Energy Efficiency Standards
The Tennessee House overwhelmingly passed a bill designed to reduce energy consumption and bring more green technology jobs to the state. The bill also encourages residential standards be placed on all new-home construction. (Clarksville Online)

Maryland County Advocates Smart Growth, Residential Efficiency Standards
Montgomery County, Md., plans to encourage infill development by providing incentives for mixed-use developments close to transit and basic services, county planners say. In addition, the county’s growth policy recommends that all new and remodeled residential projects meet energy efficient standards. (Washington Business Journal)

Tax Incentive Approved For N.Y. Green Commercial Buildings
New York has adopted a green building credit against state income taxes to encourage building owners and developers to use advanced technologies like fuel cells and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and to use materials that improve air quality inside buildings. (New York Times)

Residents Criticize Boulder’s New Residential Green Building Code
Boulder County, Colo., commissioners heard testimony from dozens of residents complaining about BuildSmart, the county’s year-old residential green building code. (The Longmont Times Call)

Binghamton, N.Y., Sells Property to Build Straw Bale Home
The Binghamton, N.Y., City Council has approved legislation that will allow the city to build the state's first publicly financed straw bale house. (News 10, Syracuse, N.Y.)

Energy Audits Now Part of Home Sales in Austin
Under a new ordinance, all homes more than 10 years old being sold in the Texas state capital must have energy audits. (UPI)

Maine Lawmakers Weigh Home Weatherization Costs
A sweeping energy bill in the Maine legislature aims to weatherize all of the state’s homes over the next 20 years. (Portland Herald Press)

Colorado Passes Bill for Residential/Commercial Solar Thermal Incentives
The Colorado General Assembly  passed a bill to provide the same financial incentives for solar thermal installations in residential and commercial buildings as those currently provided for solar photovoltaic systems. (Custom Home)

Toronto Council Approves Green-Roof Rules for all Buildings
Green roofs will be required on all new homes  in Toronto starting next year after the city council overwhelmingly adopted the most comprehensive rules of any city in North America. Green roofs are required for commercial-industrial buildings in 2011. (The Toronto Globe and Mail)

Pennsylvania Solar Rebate Program for Homes and Businesses Opens
The Pennsylvania legislature has approved $100 million for a solar rebate program for owners of homes and small businesses looking to offset the cost of buying and installing solar-energy systems. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)