Museums Showcase Green Home Building
Rooftop gardens, cisterns, windmills, and recycled kitchen countertops are featured in green home exhibits at museums in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. (USA Today)

Builders Make Green Features Standard
More home builders, especially the largest ones, are including green features in their standard packages as buyers demand energy efficiency. (USA Today)

Masco Home Services Launches New Home Performance Program
The company plans to become the first national provider of home performance services, including whole-home comfort and energy-efficiency assessments, recommendations, and project implementation. (PR Newswire)

Lawmakers Aim to Halt Wind Project 
 A group of Democratic senators have called for the government to halt a federal stimulus program aimed at building wind farms and other clean-energy projects, arguing that too much of the money spent so far has gone to create jobs overseas. (The Washington Post)

Energy Department Announces $100 Million for Green Tech
The Department of Energy announced this week that $100 million in stimulus funds would be distributed to help accelerate innovation in green technology (The New York Times)

KB Home Northern California to Build All New Homes Green
The homes will be built to Build It Green's GreenPoint-rated standards. (

Arizona Loses Kyocera Solar Panel Factory
Despite new incentives to attract alternative-energy companies to Arizona, Scottsdale-based Kyocera Solar announced Wednesday that it will open its new factory in San Diego. (The Arizona Republic)

Study Finds Renters Want Green Without Having to Spend Green
A new study finds that almost nine out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to live in a home that's environmentally and energy friendly but only 13% would pay more than $100 a month extra to live in a green apartment. (The Dallas Morning News)

New Green Rater Credential for LEED-H Offered
The Green Building Certification Institute has introduced a new professional certification for building professionals and other contractors. (Custom Home)

Obama Unveils ‘Cash for Caulkers’ Rebates for Energy-Efficient Retrofits
Homestar program would provide up to $3,000 for product upgrades, whole-house retrofits. (EcoHome)

Weatherization Programs Get a Slow Start
Only $368 million of the $4.7 billion approved for the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program had been spent through mid-February, and only 30,297 housing units had been weatherized out of the 586,015 planned for this two-year program. (Builder)