Bipartisan Efficiency Bill Heads Long List of New Energy Measures in Senate
The measure would update legislation introduced last Congress to strengthen and improve energy efficiency standards for consumer products like furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, and dishwashers. (The New York Times)

A Cheaper, Greener Fridge May Be on the Horizon
Phononic Devices has raised $10 million in financing for its thermoelectric, energy-efficient module, which could one day replace traditional refrigerator technology and has potential in other cooling and heating markets. (GreenBeat)

England Looks to Carbon-Neutral Future
In five years time, all new homes built in the U.K. will be required to be zero carbon, with no net carbon emissions over a year. (CNN)

San Francisco Mayor Signs Landmark Green Building Law
The legislation will improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, and create green jobs. (Treehugger)

House Spending Plan Opposed
Environmental groups are critical of the House of Representatives' plan to cut about $61 billion from federal programs, including those for renewable energy, for the rest of fiscal 2011. (Peoria Journal Star)

5 Chemicals Likely to be Banned by EU Are Present in a Range of Building Products
The European Union moved to ban five chemicals used in building materials under the REACH program last week. The types of building products potentially impacted include high-performance coatings, flooring adhesives, carpet backings, sprayed polyurethane foam insulation, composite wood, and resilient flooring compositions that contain polyurethane wear layers. (Healthy Building Network) 

Clark Wilson Forms New Home Building Company
The long-time green builder has formed a new company to serve the Austin, Texas, metro area and plans to begin constructing new single-family homes this spring. (PR Newswire)

Indiana County Increases Decibel Limit on Wind Turbines
Commissioners in Tippecanoe County have approved an amendment that would allow higher sound limits for wind turbines from an average of 45 decibels per hour to an average of 50 decibels per hour. (Lafayette Journal and Courier)

Solar Decathlon Finds New Home in Washington, D.C.
Students and supporters express relief that the competition, which was forced to move away from its traditional spot in front of the U.S. Capitol, will still be held in the heart of downtown Washington. (EcoHome)

Texas Builder Takes the Lead on Energy Efficiency
Betenbough Homes now submits all of its construction to NAHB’s green standards and third-party certification. (Builder)