Bladeless Panels Seen as Future of Wind Power
Turbine-free wind power panels, for now just a prototype, wouldn’t make much noise and could generate energy at a low cost and lower wind speed than traditional turbines. (Jetson Green)

Are Green Homes Financially Accessible to Low-Income Families?
Although struggling families could stand to benefit most from green building, many find it cost prohibitive. (ConstructionDigital)

Finland Builds Europe’s First Ecovillage
The community of 10 detached houses is based entirely on renewable energy and is not connected to the national power network. (Engineering News)

Honeywell, Haier to Collaborate on Energy-Efficient Appliances
The companies will partner on new technology that will make household appliances, intelligent home systems, residential heating, building automation, and mass transit more efficient and cleaner. (Reuters)

Cree Demonstrates 60-Watt-Equivalent LED
The manufacturer claims the retrofit A-lamp is the first design that can meet Energy Star requirements for 60-watt-equivalent products; the product’s performance is being evaluated by a third-party testing lab. (LEDs Magazine)

USDA Approved Eco-Friendly Product Seals Coming Soon
New U.S.-approved labels will soon be showing up on eco-friendly products, including household cleaners and skin-care items. (Red Orbit)

Idaho Town Considers Mandatory Green Codes
Ketchum officials will soon decide if their new sustainable building code will be voluntary or mandatory. (The Idaho Mountain Express)

DOE’s Chu Outlines Energy Spending Plan
A day after President Obama pitched a clean-energy agenda in his State of the Union speech, Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined the administration’s strategy for producing 80% of the nation’s electricity from clean sources by 2035—and how much it might cost. (Politico)

Meritage Unveils High-Performance Homes in Dallas Area
The production builder is opening its first high-performance green community in the region, with energy-efficient homes that will save homeowners up to 60% on utility bills. (WFAA)

New Austin Partnership Will Educate Architects, Builders, and Contractors
A joint effort between the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin and Austin Energy Green Building strives to educate local building professionals on the nuances and techniques of sustainable building. (

Los Angeles Green Home Foreclosed
Once worth more than $1.6 million and lauded by the press and local residents, Huntington Beach's first green home has reportedly been taken back by the bank. (NBC Los Angeles)

Solar Decathlon Moved from National Mall
Event organizers say they hope the event will still take place in Washington, D.C., but added that they are contemplating several other cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. (The New York Times)

Walk Score Gets an Upgrade
The nonprofit that launched the tool for gauging the walkability of a neighborhood has unveiled a preview version of its new Street Smart Walk Score. (Grist)

Lawsuit Challenges Plans for Nevada Wind Energy Farm
Environmental groups and Indian tribes have sued the federal government, challenging plans for a $260 million wind energy farm planned near eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park. (The Las Vegas Sun)

NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center Launched
The new center will match green building technology companies with building owners for real-world product and systems testing. (Eco-Structure)