Proposed LEED Language Expands Recognition of Certified Lumber
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released proposed language modifications to its LEED green building program that could allow builders to earn certification points for using wood products certified by organizations other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is the only certification brand recognized under LEED. (EcoHome Online)

Trilogy by Shea Homes Offers Free Solar
Trilogy by Shea Homes will offer free BP solar systems to new-home buyers in its Active Lifestyles high-end active adult resort communities in Arizona, California, Florida, and Washington. The systems will be available at no cost through Aug. 31 and offered as an upgrade option after that. (EcoHome Online)

The Not So Big House Turns 10
Ten years ago, Sarah Susanka's book "The Not So Big House" helped spawn a revolution against the "bigger is better" mentality in American home building. The Taunton Press will release a 10th anniversary second edition in September. (residential architect Online)

San Francisco Enacts Green Building Codes
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law green building codes that apply to residential projects of all sizes, new commercial buildings over a certain size, and renovations of large commercial spaces. Large residential and commercial buildings will be evaluated under USGBC's LEED rating system. Medium and small residential construction will use the GreenPoint rating system, which is less stringent. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Foes Back California Anti-Sprawl Measure
An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, builders, and local governments in California agreed on Senate Bill 375, which would pull state transportation money from projects that contribute to sprawl. (Sacramento Bee)

DOE to Pursue Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings
The Department of Energy launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI) with establishment of the National Laboratory Collaborative on Building Technologies Collaborative (NLCBT), efforts that will focus on the department's ongoing efforts to develop marketable Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings. (DOE)