Texas Apartments Largest NGBS-Certified Project Ever       
A luxury apartment complex built with energy- and water-efficient features and within walking distance of the Johnson Space Center in Houston has become the largest project certified to the National Green Building Standard. (NAHB)

Loan Giants Threaten Energy-Efficiency Programs
The Obama administration is devoting $150 million in stimulus money for programs that help homeowners install solar panels and other energy improvements, but Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are warning that they might not accept loans for homes that take advantage of the special financing. (The New York Times)

Cisco Extends Smart Grid for Offices and Homes
The company announced a home energy management solution toward its goal of gaining a larger share of the emerging smart grid and green technologies market. (Enterprise Networking Planet)

USGBC to Work With Corpus Christi, Texas, HBA
The Builders Association of Corpus Christi is the most recent regional home builders association to be selected as a LEED for Homes Affiliate, according to the USGBC. (Real Estate Rama)

Oregon Company to Build Paper Houses in Haiti
Portland-based Pacific Green Innovations is set to build up to 10,000 homes in earthquake-ravaged Haiti—out of recycled paper. (Sustainable Business Oregon)

GE Doubles Investment in Ecoimagination Brand
The firm will spend $10 billion over the next five years on its line of clean-tech products. (bNet)

Survey Examines the Cost of Building Green
The cost of green building was highlighted in a recent study by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC and Sustainable Rhythm, a consulting organization that works within the commercial, office, residential, green-space, and senior-housing markets. (AnnArbor.com)

States See Mixed Demand for Appliance Rebates
States have paid out less than half the money set aside for rebates on energy-efficient household appliances, disappointing retailers and manufacturers that had hoped for a repeat of the hot demand fueled by last year's cash for clunkers auto scheme. (The Wall Street Journal)

Virginia Tech Wins in European Solar Decathlon
University’s Solar Lumenhaus took the top prize at the competition in Madrid. (Jetson Green)

New Orleans Slowly Embracing Sustainable Building Practices
Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, home builders are still working to rebuild the city, many with sustainability in mind. (EcoHome)