Startups Bet on Solar Panels on Every Home
Clean-tech startups are expecting that the market for distributed solar energy—installing individual solar panels where power is needed—is going to grow as quickly as the personal computer and cellphone markets. (VentureBeat)

Atlanta Officials Stake a Claim for Green Jobs Epicenter
Local and federal officials along with representatives of Southface Energy Institute unveiled the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) green jobs training center. (Environmental Protection)

City in Idaho Steps Toward Green Building Code
Ketchum has established a team to draft more energy-efficient standards for residential and commercial construction. (The Idaho Mountain Express)

For Green Builders, Efficiency Helps to Trump Price
San Antonio-based Contects Consultants & Architects works to make residential and commercial projects in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico more energy efficient. (The San Antonio Express-News)

EPA Sets Record Straight About New Report
The EPA wants the world to know that the new Office of Inspector General report is a summary of three earlier audits that doesn't take into account the improvements the agency has made to the Energy Star certification process in the last 18 months. (Appliance Magazine)

Two New Products Provide Personalized Data for Energy Rebates
Federated Power, a provider of national residential product rebate data, recently unveiled two new applications designed to provide utilities and equipment manufacturers, distributors, and contractors with valuable data regarding energy efficiency rebate programs and homeowner candidates for new replacement mechanical and building products. (PR Newswire)

ASHRAE, IES Join Forces on Residential Energy Standard
The team that brought you the national standard for energy efficiency in commercial buildings has joined together to help homes attain higher levels of energy performance. (Thomas Net News)

New Passive House Alliance Launches
The nonprofit advocacy group will focus on public outreach and increasing awareness of the Passive House building standard in North America. (Custom Home)

NAHB Survey: Smaller Footprints to Remain Popular
Smaller footprints will remain popular beyond the recovery, and many  luxury amenities are becoming  rare. (Custom Home)

2011 EnergyValue Housing Award Finalists
The NAHB Research Center announces the 12 builders and remodelers  selected to receive the 2011 awards. (Builder)

North Carolina Energy Code Update in Limbo
Despite assurances to the DOE that North Carolina would upgrade its energy code, the state voted to postpone consideration of the 2009 IECC until 2015 at the earliest. (Coastal Contractor)