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USDA ramps up pro-wood, pro-green policies
EcoHome Magazine    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will preferentially select wood in its new building projects, seek to enhance research and development in green building materials, and look for ways to show off wood as a green building material in big buildings, Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack announced. More

USDA's announcement to embrace wood as a green building material applauded as a 'triple win'
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Cees de Jager, executive director of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, applauded a recent announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack that embraces wood as a green building material. De Jager described today's announcement as a "triple win" — "This will create new jobs in rural communities, reduce energy use in buildings, and lower overall construction costs in buildings." More

Homeowners aren't doing as much as they think to save energy
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Many Americans think they've done plenty to make their homes more energy-efficient but are frustrated that they're not seeing the results in lower utility bills, according to the sixth annual Energy Pulse survey. What's more, homeowners think they've gone about as far as they can to improve their homes' energy efficiency. More

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Green Building Council explains 'anonymous' LEED listings
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Last week Katy Waters wrote about the growing roster of LEED-certified projects in Central Ohio but noted how difficult it was to compile a comprehensive list for our latest database of LEED projects nationwide. The problem is many projects are listed as anonymous by the U.S. Green Building Council, making cataloging difficult. Turns out there's some good reasons why those projects are listed that way. More

More than 10,000 green homes in the US?
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In the United States, about 10,000 green homes are now recorded, according to the USGBC or U.S Green Building Council. The 10,000 green homes are said to be all LEED Certified — through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Homes program, which is created by the USGBC. All LEED-certified or green homes are from the real estate residential market — multiple, single family homes, and to affordable and market-rate housing. More

Green builders take root
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Architect LaVerne Williams has been green-minded for decades. After designing one of Houston's first green homes in Alief in 1979, he recalled that in summer, workers from nearby construction sites would drop by his nearly completed project on their lunch hour because it was cooler inside. Since then, many people in Houston have adopted green home building practices, Williams said. More

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