In Berkeley, Calif., Home Size Does Matter

Some residents are up in arms about the city's decision to label a proposed 10,000-square-foot home as green. (Mother Nature Network)

 

KB Home, Lennar Kick Off Green Initiatives

Production builders plan to offer green features standard in certain markets. (EcoHome)

 

 

Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor Unveils Green Agenda for City

Mayor Bill Finch took the wraps off a major environmental and economic "greenprint" initiative, which aims to get the city and its residents on the road to environmental sustainability by 2020. (The Connecticut Post)

 

EPA Finalizes WaterSense for Showers

Qualifying showers must meet requirements for flow rates as well as performance. (EcoHome)

 

Burlington, Mass., Weighs the Cost of Going Green

While being designated a “Green Community” would make the town eligible for state and federal grant funds, officials say that some criteria would force an unfair burden on home builders, remodelers, and commercial builders. (Boston.com)

 

Green Homes Face a Red Light from Appraisals

Appraisals for newly built green homes do not fully reflect the cost of green technology, and the lower appraisal values mean buyers often cannot get the full financing they need from banks. (CNN)

 

‘The Green House’ Featured at Film Festival

The designing, building, and furnishing of a carbon neutral house in McLean, Va., is documented in environmentalist Philippe Cousteau’s film “The Green House: Design It. Build It. Live It,” which will premiere on March 17 in Washington, D.C. (The McLean Connection)

 

NAHB: Lack of Renovators With Certification Could Derail Homestar

A report from the NAHB suggests lead-safety rules could disrupt the ambitious Homestar retrofit program. (Home Channel News)

 

 

South Carolina Lawmakers Make Green Energy Pitch

The bipartisan legislation would provide $4.9 billion in federal loans for rural power consumers to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. (The Miami Herald)