Investors Back Green Rehabs
Investors, lenders, and construction companies are finding profit in backing green home projects. (The Baltimore Sun)

Green Economy Investments Bring More Jobs, Reports Find
Two new reports on the impacts of moving to a low-carbon economy show putting money toward energy efficiency, building retrofits, and renewable energy projects can create 1.7 million new jobs, significantly more than the same investment in fossil-fuel industries. (

N.M. County Pays Builders to Go Green
Bernalillo County, N.M., is the first county in the state to offer discounted impact fees for new green-built homes and businesses. (

LEED Ratings for Canadian Homes Now Available
A LEED rating system for homes now is available in Canada, the Canada Green Building Council recently announced. (WaterTech Online)

Sustainable Industries Announces Top 10 Green Building Products
Winners of the business magazine’s annual award, including products for residential builders, were selected based on environmental performance, innovation, value, and other criteria.  (Sustainable Industries)

Green-Permit Home a First for Nashville
The first house to receive the Metropolitan County Council’s green building permit is nearly complete. (The Tennessean)

Microsoft Offers Energy-Saving Solutions
Microsoft has launched the Hohm Web site, an online tool designed to help consumers reduce energy consumption costs, and says it has big plans for products in the pipeline. (PC World)

Renewable Energy Jobs Hit by Recession
Everywhere you turn there is talk of a shift to renewable energy, but the recession has walloped this sector like every other, and clean energy jobs are not as plentiful as once thought. (Associated Press)

Solar Industry to See Faster Than Expected Growth
The solar energy industry will grow faster than expected during the next few years as American utilities invest heavily in large-scale solar farms, according to analysts with Barclays Capital. (Associated Press)

Gold Nugget Winners Signal New Era in Housing Design
Top projects in this year's “Best in the West” architecture and design competition highlight the trend toward smaller, greener, more affordable homes. (Builder magazine)