California Adopts Nation’s Most Comprehensive Global Warming Plan
The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to adopt the nation’s most comprehensive global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change. (New York Times)

Obama Picks Environmental Team
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who heads the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be the next energy secretary, and has selected veteran regulators from diverse backgrounds to fill three other key jobs, including the head of the EPA. (Washington Post)

County Votes to Scale Back Size of New Homes
The Montgomery County, Md., Council signed off on legislation aimed at shrinking the size of new homes to combat "mansionization" that has pitted neighbor against neighbor in many of the region's older communities. (Washington Post)

AIA Says Infill Growing in Popularity
Value retention and volatile fuel costs are driving more consumers to seek out closer-in communities and infill sites closer to public transportation, according to the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter. (EcoHome Online)

Governor Seeks Efficiency Audits for Home Sales
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski is considering a mandate that would require any owner selling or renting a home in the state to obtain a certificate disclosing the property’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)

Green Home Building Alive and Well at Ecobuild
Ecobuild Conference speaker and Ft. Worth, Texas, builder Don Ferrier is seeing swelling demand for his high-performance houses. (EcoHome Online)

New Guide Makes Case for Wood
A new guidebook, The Wood User's Guide to Green Building, details the important role wood plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, underscores the energy efficiency of wood, and shows how well wood rates when compared to other building materials. (Wall Street Journal)

Michigan Green Tax Credit Bill Passes House
A plan to encourage and increase energy efficiency in Michigan homes was passed by the State House this week. The legislation would create a state income tax credit totaling nearly $5,000 for homeowners who buy green homes or make eco-friendly improvements. (

Vanguard Homes Builds First EPA WaterSense Home
The Chapel Hill, N.C., house includes water-efficient products inside and out as well as water-conserving design features and Energy Star-rated appliances. (EcoHome Online)

D.C.-Area Governments Want Federal Funds for Green Projects
Washington, D.C.-area legislators are making a pitch for millions of dollars from the federal economic stimulus plan expected to pass next year. The projects under consideration include a zero-interest-loan program for residents who make green upgrades to their homes. (Washington Business Journal)

Oregon’s First LEED Platinum Home Faces Obstacles
In designing a LEED platinum home, Zac Blodget faced a long list of challenges. In a tough economy, some of the obstacles had nothing to do with design. (Daily Journal of Commerce)