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Colorado Congressman Proposes GREEN Act of 2008

The bill, which would provide lending incentives to encourage energy-efficient and sustainable building, gains USGBC support, mixed reaction from NAHB. More

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GOP Senators Block Climate Change Bill

Senate Republicans Friday blocked a global warming bill that would have required major reductions in greenhouse gases. The 48-36 vote was a dozen shy of the required 60 votes needed to move into final consideration. More

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ProWatch: Going for the Green

The National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Green Building Council have locked horns over which of their respective green building standards should dominate residential construction. This confrontation, regardless of its outcome, presents another opportunity for pro dealers to stake their claim in a burgeoning trend toward eco-friendlier home building that, if more states have their way, will be mandated. More

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LEED 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the first public comment period on LEED 2009 this week, marking the third phase of the commercial green building rating system that was launched in 2000. According to the organization, LEED 2009 will address improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and other environmental and human health concerns. More

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Custom Green Home Opens Its Doors to the World

When you meet Anna Porter, owner and developer of a Warm Beach, Wash., custom home dubbed “Going Green at the Beach,” she doesnít strike you as the type who would allow just anyone into her home. More

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Green Remodeling Provides a Second Chance at Sustainability

By its very nature, remodeling is "green" in that you are reusing and improving existing infrastructures. After that, remodeling green calls on many of the same products and techniques as any other green building process. More

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Improved High-Efficiency Showerheads Make The Most of Lower Flows

Justin Wilson has been specifying ultra-low-flow showerheads for more than three... More

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Hardwood Flooring's Green Message Grows on Pros and Consumers

As recently as a year ago, Epcon Communities was not specifying hardwood flooring... More

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Engineered Lumber's Green Attributes Provide Another Selling Point

When Trus Joist introduced the first engineered I-joist in 1969, it wasn't to save... More

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Schools, Curriculum Go Green

The advantages to building a green school are obvious: a healthy, more productive environment for students, faculty, and staff, plus energy and taxpayer savings. But one aspect of a sustainable school that may have been overlooked in the past is the chance to incorporate green into the curriculum. Thatís all changing. More

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