Washington State Stimulus Money Earmarked for Green Jobs
The state will receive a $6 million grant to train workers in energy-efficient construction jobs. (The Seattle Times)

Top Green Homes Feature Sharp Design and Energy Efficiency
Green home building has gone mainstream, as architects and investors alike recognize its value. (USA Today)

Award-Winning Green Homes Flunk Walkability Test
Most of the homes picked by the U.S. Green Building Council as its 2009 award winners flunk a walkability test. (USA Today)

California Leads the Way in Green Building
Already one of the most environmentally conscious states, California is again leading the pack with the passage of the strictest green building codes in the nation. (The Recorder Online)

Appliance Buyers Prioritize Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is the No. 1 attribute consumers seek when purchasing new home appliances, according to a survey by Underwriters Laboratories. (Electronics Talk)

Energy-Efficiency Retrofits Help Builders and Remodelers Survive and Thrive
Money-saving projects are keys to selling customers on green remodeling in a down market, Builders’ Show participants are told. (EcoHome)

Smaller Floor Plans Demand Creativity With Space, Design
Even as home sizes shrink, buyers still want warmth, amenities, and visual appeal, say Builders’ Show speakers. (EcoHome)

Home Sizes Continue to Shrink
Survey data from the NAHB and Better Homes and Gardens indicates that builders and consumers are thinking smaller. (Builder)