Climate Change Talks Focus on Greenhouse Gasses
World leaders gathering this week at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen hope it will be the first step toward an international treaty to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. (The Wall Street Journal)

Green Homes Growing Red Hot
Despite an overall housing slump, the number of homes attaining the Energy Star designation since the program began in 1995 has crossed the 1 million mark. (Jacksonville Observer)

Santa Monica Considers New Green Building Rules
City officials are proposing new green building requirements that could make the town one of the strictest places in the nation to build single-family homes. (Santa Monica Daily Press)

Illinois Law Will Require New Homes to Be More Efficient
A new state law to make homes more energy efficient is expected to increase building costs. (The Pantagraph)

DOE to Remove Energy Star Rating On Some LG Models
Effective Jan. 2, certain LG French-door refrigerator-freezers will be banned from using the Energy Star label. (The Gov Monitor)

Study Links Chinese Drywall to Corrosion in Homes
Following up on months of federal investigation into homeowner claims of harmful fumes and corrosion in homes caused by certain drywall products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released the results of an indoor air quality study of 51 homes in five states. (Custom Home)

Green Home Construction in Canada Outpaces LEED
Canadians are building green homes and offices faster than they can be certified, leading to a call for more green jobs to be filled. (The Edmonton Journal)

USGBC Announces 2009 LEED for Homes Award Recipients
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of its 2009 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers, and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. (RealEstateRama)

‘Cash for Caulkers’ May Help Insulation Sales
President Obama’s plan to help homeowners pay for energy improvements would also aid companies such as insulation maker Dow Chemical Co. and retailers Home Depot and Lowe’s. (Bloomberg)

EPA WaterSense for Homes Finalized 
The EPA’s WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specification, under which homes will use 20% less water than typical new houses, was finalized Dec. 9.  (EcoHome)

Sanyo’s Green Home Gambit
The company’s modular green homes—complete with solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, water heaters, and LED light fixtures—are expected to hit the U.S. market in coming years. (Greentech Media)

California Leads Nation in Green Jobs
Jobs in the state’s so-called green economy increased by 36% from 1995 to 2008, beating the state's 13% job growth, according to a recent study. (USA Today)