House Approves Home Star Program
The legislation would make homeowners who install energy-saving appliances and products eligible for thousands of dollars in rebates. (Associated Press)

Small Contractors Await Cash for Caulkers
Thousands of contractors across the country are looking forward to taking advantage of the Home Star plan, which promises government incentives for homeowners to make their houses more energy-efficient. (BusinessWeek)

Tight Credit Stymies Homeowners Planning to Build Green
A variety of factors are contributing to the situation: government regulation, cutting-edge construction technology, risk-averse lenders, and a dearth of comparable home sales on which to base an appraisal. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

LEED Officially Available in Italy for the First Time
The USGBC and Green Building Council Italia have signed an agreement designed as a collaborative partnership between the two organizations, furthering green building and promoting carbon emissions reductions in Italy and worldwide. (BusinessWire)

New MLS Tool Kit Helps Buyers Go Green
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) tool kit will help Realtors add a green initiative to their local multiple listing service. (

DOE Awards Grant to Help Communities Adopt Solar Energy
International City/County Management Association will use $5 million award to help local governments overcome technical barriers to solar. (EcoHome)

EPA Opens Access to Chemical Information
ToxRefDB database allows researchers and product developers to search toxicity testing results. (EcoHome)

Greenguard and NSF Announce New Chemical Emissions Standard
Currently under development, the stringent standard will measure chemicals in building products and materials. (EcoHome)