International Partnership Aims to Advance Geothermal
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has entered into an agreement with Australia and Iceland to create the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT), which will allow the three countries to pool their expertise to jointly research and develop geothermal technologies in an effort to promote greater energy security and help address climate change. (EcoHome)

Nominations for 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards due Jan. 31, 2009
The 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards "will honor excellence in green residential design and construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts." (EcoHome)

Realtors Go Green
The National Association of Realtors has introduced a new green designation for Realtors. (

Paper Questions Energy Use in LEED Buildings
NYC mechanical systems designer Henry Gifford has distributed a paper attacking a study of actual energy use in LEED buildings. (Building Green)

North Carolina Utility Is Taking Bids to Build a Solar Rooftop Network
Duke Energy Corp. is accepting bids from the solar power industry to build a $100 million network meant to turn North Carolina rooftops into mini-power plants. (Charlotte Observer)

Cost-Saving Fuel Systems in Pipeline
Several new technologies might offer savings for those who heat with oil. (Newsday)

Travelers Inland Announces New Green Building Insurance Coverage
Designed to support and maintain green construction, Green Building Additional Coverage will, in the event of a covered loss, cover many costs related to rebuilding and recertifying a property to its budgeted level of green certification. (

Are Extruded Houses Green?
A professor at the University of Southern California has been working on systems for rapidly creating buildings from what is essentially a very large 3-D printer, with an eventual goal of being able to build a house in a day. But sustainability advocates are questioning the materials being used, namely concrete. (Green Building Elements)