CalGreen Takes Off
New buildings in California must now be more environmentally responsible under provisions of the state's Green Building Standards Code that took effect with the new year. (Reuters)

Nonprofit Selects Top Ten Green Building Trends for 2011
Earth Advantage Institute’s trends range from affordable green projects to lifecycle analysis of materials. (Benzinga)

GE Readies Energy Display for Home of the Future
The company's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show showcased different home energy products, nearly all of which are connected on a home information network and the Internet. (

2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Smart Appliances Keep Users Connected to Home
"The connected home" was central theme at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, with manufacturers showing off products to save consumers time, energy, and hassle. (The Detroit Free Press)

Incandescent Phase-Out Begins in California
On Jan. 1, California became the first state to enact new federal regulations on 100-watt incandescent light bulbs that are manufactured and sold within its borders. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Builders in Ohio Resist Stricter Building Codes
The enforcement of tougher energy codes that would make new houses more expensive is fast becoming a battlefield for builders in several states that are still reeling from a housing recession in which home values continue to fall. (Builder)

Sordid Green Building Litigation Arises in Minnesota
Green legal expert Chris Cheatam breaks down the lawsuit between the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) and Minnesota GreenStar. (Green Building Law Update)

Busting Green Building Myths
Green doesn't have to mean expensive, exotic, or uncomfortable. (Treehugger)

Builder Magazine’s 10 Design Trends for 2011
Design themes for the year ahead, including the mainstreaming of green building. (Builder)

2011 Builders' Show Preview
12 green products from the residential construction industry’s largest event. (EcoHome)