Study: Walkable Communites Lose Less Value
Walk San Diego, a community-based nonprofit, reported that, during the housing crash, homes in communities deemed walkable maintained almost 5% more of their value than non-walkable communities with similar neighborhood demographics. (The Wall Street Journal)

New Guide Helps Consumers Make Smart Appliance Choices
TopTen USA, a new non-profit organization, announced the launch of its free, Web-based rankings of the 10 most energy-efficient products in a wide range of categories: refrigerators, freezers, televisions, computers, vehicles, dishwashers, clothes washers, and monitors. (PR Newswire)

Green Institute Lends Charleston and Fayetteville a Helping Hand
Affordable housing in Charleston, S.C., and Fayetteville, Ark., is due to get a big, green boost with the announcement that they've been chosen as pilot cities in the Sustainable Cities Institute's City Program. (

UK's First Passivhaus Eco Estate Nears Completion
The project, by social housing group Orbit Heart of England, is building 23 eco-homes with predicted heating bills as low as £1 a week. (The Coventry Telegraph)

Minnesota Green Group in Flap with Builders Association
Green building program Minnesota GreenStar is in the midst of a messy divorce from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. (Finance & Commerce)

Passive House Alliance Elects Its First President
The new national organization, established by the Passive House Institute US to build the Passive House green building movement in North America, has selected Sam Hagerman to help realize its promotional and public education mission. (Oregon Live)

The Shrinking House: Downsizing the American Dream
The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market in 2007; today, the median home size has dropped to about 2,100 square feet, and more than one-third of Americans say their ideal home size is actually less than 2,000 square feet, according to a survey by real-estate site Trulia. (CNBC)

LEED Revision Tightens Energy Efficiency Standards
The first of two public comment sessions opened this week on changes proposed for the USGBC’s rating system for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. (The New York Times)

DOE Study: Contractors Help Energy Efficiency Initiatives Succeed
Local energy efficiency programs are more likely to be successful when residential contractors are actively involved with them, according to a new report. (EcoHome)

2010 Greenbuild Product Preview
14 residential products that will be on display at next week's conference and expo in Chicago. (EcoHome)

DOE’s Home Energy Score Program Aims to Simplify Performance Evaluation
Pilot scoring tool ranks a house’s energy performance on a scale from 1 to 10, provides customized upgrade recommendations. (EcoHome)