Permit Process Clouds Solar Energy Projects in California
For the past several years, the solar installation business has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise depressed construction industry, but contractors say cumbersome and inconsistent regulations are undermining the sector's growth and increasing costs for consumers. (The Sacramento Bee)

N.C. Promoter Hopes Tiny Homes Turn Into Huge Sellers
Has the time come for the truly small new house, even smaller than 1,000 square feet? (Star News Online)

EPA Promotes Green Infrastructure Strategy
The agency is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns in order to reduce stormwater runoff. (Earth Techling)

House Freshman Leads Charge Against Obama's Clean Water Agenda
Rep. Bob Gibbs holds strong reservations about environmental regulations, especially in an uncertain economy. (The New York Times)

Maryland County Plans to End Tax Credit for Energy Improvements
Officials say the Howard County program, which spurred a long list of residents interested in the alternative energy systems, has served its purpose and isn’t needed anymore. (The Baltimore Sun)

New Research May Bring Solar Thermal Flat Panels Home
Boston researchers have designed a flat panel that could expand solar thermoelectric power’s reach from the domain of large plants to neighborhood rooftops. (Smart Planet)

EPA Takes Action on Spray-Foam Health Risks
The agency has released a new action plan for chemicals used in spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation.

Demand for Green Building Materials to Grow 13% Annually Through 2015
The Freedonia Group predicts that concrete with recycled materials, and green insulation, flooring, and doors will experience the greatest gains. (ProSales)

NAHB Honors Green Building Pros
Thirteen builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals earn recognition for contributions to high-performance construction. (EcoHome)