Legal Risks Abound for Green Builders
Building green can open the door to plenty of legal pitfalls, a new study warns. (The New York Times)

Serious Materials First to Earn UL Environment Validation
Environmental claims for EcoRock drywall, including recycled content and VOC emissions, were validated in laboratory testing. (EcoHome) 

Green Home Builders Facing New Economic Reality
It may be one of the worst times in history to be a home builder, but the green home market is expanding despite the downward trends of the market as a whole. (EcoHome)

Comstock Breaks Ground on Solar Community
Said to be the nation’s largest solar community, the Villages at Heritage Springs in California will include 511 homes constructed with high-efficiency solar roof tiles and a host of energy-saving features. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

New Prefab Company to Launch
Simpatico Homes plans to break ground on its prototype dwelling this summer in Emeryville, Calif. (JetsonGreen)

Where the Green Jobs Are
A new mapping Web site from the Environmental Defense Fund allows users to search for companies that retrofit homes for energy efficiency, manufacture parts for renewable energy systems, build electric cars, or process advanced fuels. (The Los Angeles Times)

Hawaii to Receive Weatherization Funds     
More than $3.7 million from the federal Weatherization Assistance Program will go to help make homes of low-income Hawaii residents more energy efficient. (KGMB News)

Binghamton Sells Property to Build Straw Bale Home
Binghamton, N.Y.'s city council unanimously approved legislation that will allow the city to build the state's first publicly financed straw bale house. (News 10, Syracuse, N.Y.)

Green Building Materials Market Predicted to Grow
The global green building materials market continues to expand despite the economic downturn, according to a new report from NextGen Research. (BusinessWire)