Study: Traffic Congestion Eases Slightly in Nation's Metro Areas
For continued improvement, researchers recommend close-in, dense housing developments. (Builder)

Survey Says McMansions No Longer in Demand
The Builder magazine study also notes that consumer interest in energy-efficient homes is at an all-time high. (Builder)

Energy Star Homes Gain Market Share
Nearly 17% of all new single-family homes built in the U.S. in 2008 were Energy Star-certified, up from 12% in 2007, according a recent report from the EPA. (Custom Home)

Green Remodel Eliminates Home's Electric Bill
San Francisco home will receive the “Remodel the Future” award for setting a benchmark for residential green construction at the West Coast Green conference in October. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Central Texas HBA Launches Green Building Program
“Green Star” initiative seen as a local version of stringent national green building programs. (Killeen Daily Herald)

Britain’s Ecotowns Run into Community Opposition
The proposed low-energy, carbon-neutral developments are an integral part of the British government’s popular “green revolution,” but they face stiff opposition from many local communities, who view them as concrete blights on rural areas. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Rating Puts a Number on Home Energy Costs
Nearly half the dwellings in the upcoming Central Oregon Tour of Homes boast a feature that many in the residential construction industry say is likely to be standard someday: a scorecard-like rating card that quantifies a home’s estimated energy costs. (The Bend Bulletin)

Research Brings New Ways to Store Excess Solar Power
For years, the stumbling block for making renewable energy practical and dependable has been how to store electricity for days when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing, but new technologies suggest this goal may finally be within reach. (Yale Environment 360)

Study Shows 23-Degree Temperature Drop in Attics with Radiant Barriers
Appalachian State University also found that radiant barriers improve air conditioning efficiencies. (EcoHome)

Edward Mazria Receives the 2009 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing
The Hanley Foundation to present first annual Hanley Award and $50,000 grant to pioneering architect and visionary. (EcoHome)

Report: Solar Power a “No-Brainer” for California
New study also charts the growth of solar power installations in the state, and ranks the top cities for solar development. (Reuters)

Wal-Mart Aims to Define Green
Retailer to launch new eco-labeling program for sustainability of products. (The Chicago Tribune)

States to Offer Rebates for Energy Star Products
The DOE will provide $300 million in stimulus funds for state rebate programs for consumers who invest in Energy Star-certified products. (Washington Energy Services)

GE Aims to be “One Stop Shop” for Zero-Energy Homes
GE has unveiled plans to develop a portfolio of products helping homeowners and builders to construct zero-energy homes. (Energy Efficiency News)

Nearly $14 Million to go to 28 New Wind-Energy Projects
The DOE has announced $13.8 million in funding for select wind-energy projects across the country. (EERE News)