California Rolls Out Nation's First Green Building Standards Code
The California Building Standards Commission announced that the state’s Green Building Standards Code—the first in the country—became effective this month. (Business Wire)

OPINION: Is California’s Green Building Code a Sign of Future Codes?
California’s adoption of a new Green Building Code is part of an overall move toward sustainable development, but will it encourage other jurisdictions to follow suit? (

Green Building Program in the Works for Tucson, Ariz.
The City Council has adopted a residential green building program rating system to certify that a home is constructed under the principles of energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental planning. (

Energy Efficiency Tops Homeowners’ List of Green Features
According to a recent study, American homeowners feel that when it comes to green houses, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials rank higher than healthy materials and location. (Jetson Green)

HIRE Act Could Offer Rebates for Green Products
A bill introduced by two Georgia congressmen in the House of Representatives could net a $2,000 tax deduction for homeowners buying certain building products or home furnishings—everything from mattresses and kitchen cabinets to furniture, flooring, and paint—between now and the end of 2011. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Florida Builders Say Buyers Want Greener, More Energy-Efficient Houses
More home buyers want green homes since the recession, according to Florida builders. (Panama City News-Herald)

Entrepreneur’s House Is a Green-Tech Showcase
Marc Porat, a green-technology entrepreneur and founder of Serious Materials, is on a mission to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in buildings, and he hopes to lead by example. (Silicon Valley Mercury News)

Detroit Utility Launches Cash-For-Clunker Appliances Program
DTE will pay customers $50 to recycle old refrigerators as part of a new program to make households more energy-efficient. (WWJ Detroit)

Not All Homeowners Planning to Tap Federal Tax Credits
Forty percent of Americans are not planning to take advantage of the $1,500 federal tax credit for energy-efficient home improvements, according to a new survey, which also found that 25% are completely unaware of the tax credit. (KABC-TV Los Angeles)

Credit Crunch Hits NAHB Show Home
The builder of the New American Home 2010, which will be a model of innovation in energy and resource efficiency, has not been able to find a bank that will finance the final draw needed to complete the home, even though it is 60% finished. (Real Estate Channel)

Weatherization Work on Hold in Rhode Island
More than $58 million in federal stimulus money has been earmarked to jumpstart Rhode Island into a new era of energy conservation and alternative sources of energy, but none of that money has reached the state. (The Providence Journal)

AIA: Climate Change Bill Would Create Green Building Jobs
Association's analysis finds growth opportunities for home building, remodeling, and multifamily industries in two key legislative provisions. (Builder)