Builders Offer Home Efficiency Labels
Just as cars are sold with miles-per-gallon labels, more new homes this year will sport labels estimating monthly energy bills. (USA Today)

Connecticut’s First Green Home Subdivision Proposed
If approved, the subdivision in Berlin will be the first in the state to have green homes built in compliance with the National Green Building Standard. (Property Magazine)

New Baltimore Nonprofit Helps to Rebuild Communities
The One Green Home at a Time Foundation’s aim is to purchase and rehab homes in low- to middle-income neighborhoods with a focus on eco-friendly building techniques. (Green Building Elements)

Los Angeles Council Replaces LEED With CALGreen
The city has even extended the green building code to include renovations, going beyond the baseline requirements of CALGreen. (AEC Forensics)

Survey: Homeowners Interested in a Clean Energy Financing Program
Homeowner interest is strong for the concept of PACE financing programs, which allow the cost of energy-efficient home improvements to be paid back as part of the homeowner's annual property taxes via a special assessment on the home. (Trading Markets)

Philips Predicts LEDs Will Take 50% of Lighting Market By 2015
The company’s Ambient LED 12.5-watt light bulb has attained Energy Star qualifications, the first LED light bulb of this type to gain approval. (GreenTech)

Green Products Drive A.O. Smith Growth
The water heating manufactrer, headquartered in Milwaukee, is benefiting from a small segment of consumers who have money to spend on energy-efficient products, launching a new stable of high-efficiency gas, electric, and solar products in mid-2010. (The Tennessean)

SolarCity Buying groSolar Home Division
California-based SolarCity, which designs, installs, and finances solar power systems, says the acquisition will expand its services to New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Boulder County Solar Industry Decries Utility’s Plan to Slash Incentives
Xcel Energy plans to cut its solar incentive program by nearly 50%, a move that local companies say will devastate the local solar industry. (The Daily Camera)

McGuyer Homebuilders Commits to Build 300 LEED-Certified Homes
The Texas production builder will upgrade from Energy Star to LEED with no added cost to buyers. (EcoHome)

Seniors' Health Improved Through Sustainability
Four communities win EPA Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Awards. (Custom Home)

Architecture 2030 Launches Building Product Carbon-Reduction Initiative
Similar to the organization’s building performance improvement mission, the 2030 Challenge for Products will set benchmarks for reducing the carbon footprint of building materials by targeting greenhouse gas emissions resulting from manufacturing and transportation. (EcoHome)

KB Home to Lure Buyers With Energy Bill Savings
The Los Angeles-based builder will start giving prospective homebuyers an estimate upfront of what their monthly gas and electric bill will be if they buy one of the company's homes. (Associated Press)

Meritage Homes Uses Cutaway Models to Burnish Its Green Image
Several Meritage communities include what the builder calls “learning houses,” cutaway models that expose energy-saving features and technologies to buyers, which reaffirm the company’s commitment to energy efficient construction. (Builder)