Don't miss these ECOBUILDING PULSE stories and projects from the past week:

SAVE Act Reintroduced in Congress
Two U.S. senators aim to improve access to mortgage financing for energy efficiency by reintroducing the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act as an amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013.

EPA Warns of Impending Water Troubles
An EPA survey shows the country's drinking water infrastructure needs $384 billion in improvements by 2030 to continue providing safe drinking water.

Efficient Appliances Perform Same or Better as Older Models
Efficiency has not compromised performance, new report shows.

USGBC Incentivizes LEED Certifications in New Markets
The first projects to obtain LEED certification in any of the 112 countries where the program currently is not in use will have their certification fees waived.

Before and After: Portland, Ore., Federal Building
The GSA has transformed an outdated structure into a model high-performance office building.

Green Schools and Universities Lead to Higher Test Scores
Evidence shows that student health is improved by sustainable design.

High-Performance Home Connects to Its Serene Setting
The lakefront dwelling's green-minded owners requested low-impact, energy-efficient features.