Austin Neighborhood Achieves LEED-ND Silver
The Mueller community is at least double the size of most other pilot projects certified under the new designation. (The Austin Chronicle)

Bozzuto Group Launches Green Building Service
The Greenbelt, Md.-based builder is helping launch a new sales and marketing firm that will provide green building consulting. (The Baltimore Business Journal)

E.U. to Mandate Nearly Zero Power Use by Buildings
European countries struck a deal to introduce tough new energy-efficiency regulations for all electricity-using appliances and buildings—including large homes--within the next decade. (The New York Times)

Commercial Innovations Lead Way for Green Homes
First-generation sustainable concepts developed for commercial buildings and government offices are increasingly migrating to homes and condominiums. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

‘Cash for Caulkers’ Program on the Horizon
White House officials are looking at creating a new version of Cash for Clunkers, this time for home weatherization. (The New York Times)

Connecticut Tax on Some Energy-Efficiency Products Illegal
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating home improvement retailer Lowe’s for allegedly charging consumers sales and use tax on certain energy-efficient products, which is illegal. (The Hartford Courant)

‘Super Star’ Green Label Proposed for Energy Star
The EPA and the DOE are trying to revise the program internally, but it's not clear if the agencies' actions will be enough. (

Green Cities on the Rise
AIA study finds the number of big cities with green building programs has grown by 50% in just two years. (Builder)

Old Houses Need Upgrades in Order to Make Dent in the Nation’s Energy Consumption
Greenbuild speaker says Generation Y homeowners will have a major impact on improving existing homes. (EcoHome)

USGBC Expert Advocates Whole-House Approach to Home Performance Audits
Greenbuild presentation details six steps to a complete home energy review. (EcoHome)

Green Building to Support Nearly 8 Million U.S. Jobs Through 2013
Report released at Greenbuild quantifies economic impact of “green-collar jobs.” (EcoHome)

Greenbuild Product Introductions
Exhibitors showcased a range of residential options at the 2009 Expo, including high-efficiency toilets, phase-changing drywall, and low-flow showerheads. (EcoHome)

Custom Builder Squares Off With Production Builder Over Green Construction
At the Greenbuild Conference, Tedd Benson chastised home builders for not crafting high-quality homes anymore. (EcoHome)