Fannie and Freddie Resist Loans for Energy Efficiency
The government's mortgage-finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are resisting a White House-backed effort to make it easier for homeowners to get loans to make their houses more energy efficient. (The Wall Street Journal)

Cash for Caulkers Gets U.S. House Panel Approval
A federal program to provide rebates for home weatherization and retrofits passed a House subcommittee, moving one step closer to final approval. (The Boston Globe)

California Forecast: Jobs Recovery Not Likely Green
Much-hyped green jobs are unlikely to give a big lift to California's employment numbers, according to a new economic forecast. (Business Week)

Smaller Is Better for Some Homeowners
Builders are shrinking and simplifying home designs in response to changing demand by buyers. (The Boston Globe)

L.A., D.C. Lead Nation in Energy Star-Labeled Buildings
Los Angeles tops the EPA’s second annual list of U.S. cities with the greatest number of Energy Star-rated buildings, boasting 293 certified buildings in 2009 totaling 76 million square feet of floorspace. (EcoHome)

Survey Questions Future of Energy Star
A new study finds more than 90% of American consumers would like to see the labeling system to continue evolving, with a tiered approach that recognizes different levels of energy efficiency. (

East Coast Green Coming This Fall
The conference will be held in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 16 and 17, in conjunction with AIA-NJ’s annual Design Day. (

Oregon Developing Green Building Code
The Oregon Reach Code will be a voluntary program focused on creating highly energy-efficient buildings. (The Daily Journal of Commerce)

Scientists Develop Efficient Roof Coating That Can Switch Roles From Season to Season
U.S. scientists say they've created a roof coating made from waste cooking oil that can switch roles season to season, either reflecting or using solar heat. (UPI)