More Than 70 Organizations Honored by Energy Star
Housing industry companies were among the organizations recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. (Green Products and Technology Online)

EPA Issues New Lead Paint Rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) has issued new work practice standards for remodelers of older homes in an effort to reduce lead paint exposure, particularly among children. Set to take effect in April 2010, the new standards will extend to builders, painters, plumbers, and electricians working in all rental housing built before 1978, as well as in older non-rental homes inhabited by children under age six or pregnant women. (Green Products and Technology Online)

ICC Developing Green Certification for Inspectors
As green and energy-efficient building continue to proliferate and garner greater interest, the International Code Council (ICC) is recognizing the importance of code officials having a thorough knowledge of the green aspects of the International Codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Plumbing Code. (Green Products and Technology Online)

PATH Offers Guidance on Green Building
For builders just getting involved in green home building, the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has developed a "Guide to Green Building," outlining five essential principles of green building practices and presenting them in an easy-to-follow plan. (Green Products and Technology Online)

California Home Builders, Owners Put Forth Extra Effort to Protect Environment
Sierra Ventana, off Highway 198 near Lovers Lane in California, boasts solar panels, dual-pane windows, and other energy-saving elements. Homeowners also have the option of water-saving "California landscapes" showcasing rocks and hardy desert plants. (Visalia Times Delta Online)

NYC Gets New Green Building
A new Harlem building featuring environmentally responsible design has been opened to house foster care graduates and low-income families. (Forbes Online/Associated Press)

Chula Vista, Calif., OKs Green Building Standards
Chula Vista City Council members unanimously voted to require energy- and water-efficient construction standards, pledging to become the first municipality in San Diego County with green building standards for all new construction and major renovations. (Sign on San Diego Online)

Were Tampa's Historic Cigar Factories Green Before Their Time?
What if Tampa's oldest buildings, the cigar factories and bungalows built a century ago, were the first truly sustainable, energy-efficient structures? And what if„way before the U.S. Green Building Council created its seal of approval, and long before Al Gore told us the world was melting„our earliest architects had it right all along? (Tampa Bay.Com)

Third Edition of Green Building Products Directory Released
BuildingGreen, the publisher of Environmental Building News, and co-publisher New Society Publishers, have released the third edition of Green Building Products, a product directory for home builders, remodelers, and homeowners. The new edition includes nearly 1,600 product listings from the GreenSpec directory of green building products, which BuildingGreen has maintained since 1998. (Building Green Online)