EPA, Texas Builders Partner on Storm-Water Education
The EPA, the Texas Association of Builders, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced a new partnership to educate and assist home builders on meeting federal and state storm-water requirements. The training program, first introduced in 2005, will now include a "Storm Water Self Certified" certification designation. (EcoHome Online)

California's Complicated New Code
California's newly adopted green building code will have a direct impact on home building in the state, affecting energy details, plumbing, ventilation, and management of the construction sequence. But for home builders, figuring out just what the code requires could be complicated. (Builder Online)

Bill to Renew Clean Energy Credits Fails Vote
With a vote of 51 to 43, nine votes shy of the required 60, the Senate failed to move forward on legislation extending renewable-energy and energy-efficiency tax credits. The package includes measures providing an eight-year extension of solar energy investment credit and a one-year extension of tax credits for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and wind power. (Reuters)

Bipartisan Group Looks to Broker Energy Deal in Senate
In an effort to bring the Senate together on energy and break the Congressional deadlock, a bi-partisan "Gang of 10" senators has been working to craft a bill that will satisfy both Democrats and Republicans. (Reuters)

Could Your Granite Countertops Be Leaking Radon Gas?
Some recent tests reveal higher levels of radon in granite surfaces than the low levels previously known about. (Inhabitat)

West Coast Green Releases Show House Plans
Demonstrating how affordability and functionality can coexist, the two-story, 1,700-square-foot house will be constructed with shipping containers and will be LEED-certified. (West Coast Green)

Finding and Fixing a Home's Power Hogs
Inexpensive devices allow homeowners to monitor how much energy appliances, TVs, PCs, and HVAC systems consume. (New York Times)