Home Builders Not Marketing Green Features, J.D. Power Finds

Although 28% percent of new-home buyers in a customer satisfaction survey called their home environmentally friendly, 75% percent of those buyers said the builder did not market it as such. (EcoHome)

U.S. Dept. of Energy Inaugurates Headquarters’ Solar Energy System

The DOE’s rooftop photovoltaic system signifies widening use of solar power and showcases new solar technologies. (EcoHome)

Does Energy Star Seal Ensure Energy Savings?

Consumer Reports’ energy tests, which it says are tougher than the Department of Energy's and better resemble how consumers use a product, find large gaps between product’s claimed annual energy consumption and real-life energy use. (Consumer Reports)

San Diego Launches New Recycling Mandate

San Diego has spent nearly a decade grappling with a state mandate that requires it to channel at least 50% of its waste stream into recycling or reuse. With its Miramar landfill rapidly approaching capacity, the city recently rolled out two measures aimed at motivating builders to cut back on the estimated 400,000 tons of construction and demolition waste dumped there each year. (Journal of Light Construction)

USGBC Announces Strategic Plan for 2009-2013

The U.S. Green Building Council’s strategic plan sets forth its vision for the next five years.  The organization says it realizes that the pace of change must increase to prevent significant deterioration of ecological conditions in many places around the world. (USGBC)

USGBC Announces Recipients of Green Building Research Grants

The Green Building Research Fund was created to spur research that will advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation. Research projects selected for funding include a green roof energy calculator and improvement of a porous pavement system for on-site storm-water management. (USGBC)

Intelligence Forecast Predicts Threat From Global Warming

An intelligence forecast being prepared for the next president on future global risks predicts that the U.S., as well as the rest of the world, will be battered by climate change, among other threats. The conclusions are in line with an intelligence assessment produced this summer that characterized global warming as a serious security threat for the coming decades. (Washington Post)

Manufacturer Improves Solar Mirrors for Renewable Energy Industry

Arch Aluminum and Glass has developed new mirror manufacturing techniques to meet the demand for lower cost and more efficient concentrator photovoltaic units, the company says. The Arch parabolic mirrors optically focus sunlight onto a concentrator containing active solar cell materials that convert the intense light into electricity. (PRNewswire)

Home Buyers Look to Cut Climate Control Costs

Home buyers increasingly are choosing green features like extra insulation ahead of extra space like game rooms or in-law suites, according to the American Institute of Architects' second-quarter Home Design Trend Survey. (Reuters)

Wikia Turns to Green

Wikia launched Wikia Green this week, a community-focused compendium of environmentally focused content. Based on the same wiki platform as Wikipedia, the site spans the green spectrum: lifestyle, travel, activism, how-to guides, climate change, and technology. (GreenBiz.com)