Beazer Homes Commits to Company-Wide Green Building Standards
Beazer's exclusive eSMART Homes guidelines become standard across all of the top 10 builder's new homes. (Green Products and Technology Online)

Living Futures Conference Aims for Deeper Green 
Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Futures Conference in Vancouver is challenging green building leaders and next-level thinkers to act with urgency and to think beyond current green building standards. (Green Products and Technology Online)

Energy Star Issues Criteria for Water Heaters
Beginning Jan. 1, five categories of residential water heaters will be eligible to bear the Energy Star label: high-performance gas storage, whole-home gas tankless, advanced drop-in or integrated heat pump, solar, and gas condensing water heaters. (Custom Home Online)

Americans Trust Green Claims but Support Government Oversight
Survey finds that nearly four out of 10 consumers are preferentially buying products they believe are environmentally friendly and half trust companies to be truthful with their environmental marketing. Still, almost 60 percent would like to see more government regulation of green claims. (

NAHB Names Seattle High Rise Best Multifamily Community of the Year
Mosler Lofts project includes green features such as recycled local and regional materials, ultra-efficient HVAC systems and a rain garden that collects storm water to reduce water consumption by 30 percent. (NAHB)

Selling Luxury at a Big Loss
Oregon builder's desire to combine green building with ultra-high-end features backfires in tough local market. (The Bulletin)

Survey Says U.S. Consumers Are Willing To Pay a Premium for Renewably Sourced Products
A survey sponsored by DuPont and Mohawk Industries found that 65 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for products made with renewable resources. (PR Newswire)

Democrats Touting Green Jobs To Replace Blue-Collar Layoffs
Making America more energy efficient and more energy independent will mean more new jobs, candidates tell working-class voters. The voters, however, are skeptical. (