Study: Green Homes Fetch Higher Prices
Portland, Ore.-area homes with green credentials command prices an average 30% higher than their non-certified counterparts, even while the overall market share of certified green homes in the region took a slight dip, according to new data. (Sustainable Business Oregon)

U.S. Falling Behind in the Business of Green
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that while the clean technology sector is booming in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, its competitive position was “at risk” in the United States because of “uncertainties surrounding key policies and incentives.” (The New York Times)

Solar Leasing Programs Growing
Innovative, community-centric leasing programs might mean solar’s big up-front costs will soon be obsolete. (Clean Technica)

HUD Urges Energy Reduction Measures to Increase Amount of Senior Housing
As energy costs continue to rise, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is urging for senior housing units to become more energy-efficient. HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010-2015 Strategic Plan called for better energy efficiency in all of its housing units, which would bring about an overall reduction in energy costs and thus allow more rental subsidies. (Senior Housing News)

California Bill to Allow Rainwater Reuse Systems
Legislation would allow residential and commercial building owners to install and use rainwater recovery and reuse systems for indoor or outdoor use. The bill, in turn, has started a tussle over which green plumbing codes should be referenced in the bill. (Contractor Magazine)

Green Buildings Can Harm Health, Study Finds
Climate change, and attempts to prevent it—notably tighter, unventilated houses-- can  worsen indoor air quality and make people sick, according to a new report compiled by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies at the request of the EPA. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

HUD's Donovan Touts Green Homes
Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan is bullish on creating sustainable communities where residents can walk or use public transit on their way to work or shopping. (USA Today)

A/C Unit Warms Water Via Heat Recovery
The new Air Conditioner Water Heater (ACWH) uses recovered heat to provide residential hot water. (Earth Techling)

$10 Million Solar Roofs Bill Introduced
The legislation would lower the cost of solar power and put the United States on track to install 10 million solar systems on homes and businesses by 2020. (

HUD Unveils Green Refinance Program
The new program will allow owners of existing affordable rental housing developments to refinance into new mortgages that include funding for energy-efficient upgrades. (Affordable Housing Finance)