New Home for Kaufmann's Prefab Green Designs
Architect Michelle Kaufmann, who closed her prefab design firm in May citing the impact of the financial meltdown and the plunging housing market, has sold the building rights to several of her signature sustainable houses to Boston company Blu Homes. (San Francisco Chronicle)

New Green Building Regulations Approved for Santa Cruz, Calif.
New rules will require home building and remodeling projects in unincorporated parts of Santa Cruz County to abide by a set of green building regulations. (Pajaronian Register)

Smart Appliances on the Way Sooner Than Expected
Whirlpool has vowed to offer smart grid-compatible appliances by 2015, but its latest production pledge suggests the company is seeking to move even more quickly. (earth2tech)

Seattle to Expedite Permitting for Green Projects
The city’s Department of Planning and Development announced the Green Q program, a new permitting process to speed development of energy-efficient residential projects. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

New Owens Corning Insulation Being Tested in Northeast
New York builder one of the first to use new Energy Complete insulation. (WHEC Rochester)

Opinion: Senate Climate Bill Weak on Energy-Efficient Building
The Senate version of the climate bill does not go far enough because it does not provide the stick required to urge rapid development and adoption of a national energy efficiency code, says green legal expert Shari Shapiro. (Reuters)

Green Jobs Act Promises 1 Million Retrofits in New York
The legislation sets the goal of making 1 million energy-efficient building retrofits to homes, businesses, and non-profits in the state over the next five years and creating approximately 14,000 jobs. (Progressive States Network)

Brad Pitt Honored For Green Housing Work In New Orleans
The U.S. Green Building Council presented the actor with a plaque to recognize how he and his Make It Right foundation have created the “largest and greenest single-family community in the world.” (The New York Times)

World's Largest Grassroots Solar Event Takes Place This Weekend
More than 150,000 people are slated to participate in the American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) Oct. 3 14th annual National Solar Tour, which provides an opportunity to view real-life energy solutions being utilized across the country. (Renewable Energy World)

Energy-Efficient-Appliance Tax Holiday Begins in Georgia
For one week, customers can purchase energy-efficient products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and clothes washers tax-free. (The Augusta Chronicle)

CFL Bulb Disposal: Handle With Care
Remodelers, electricians, and other pros need to think twice before tossing fluorescent light bulbs in the trash. (EcoHome)