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Virginia offers funds for homeowners to install green runoff capturing systems

Permeable pavers. Photo: Center for Neighborhood Technology/Creative Commons.

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January 25, 2016

Homeowners that build a rain garden, or a green roof, use permeable pavement or a dry well, can be reimbursed for around 75% of the cost.

Policy makers should reduce barriers to consumer PV ownership, says renewable energy advocate

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January 27, 2016

Increasing the cost of going solar takes energy choices away from many families and small businesses.

National Energy Codes Conference will take place March 21-24 in Tucson

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January 25, 2016

 Entitled “Energy Codes WORK!’, the event will focus on achieving compliance, with sessions also covering development, adoption, policy, tools, and research. 

California builders must take extensive precautions due to El Niño-fueled storms

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January 26, 2016

Regulations require builders to keep all stormwater runoff on their property to prevent pollution from reaching nearby waterways.

Maryland plans to tear down 4,000 vacant homes in Baltimore

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January 25, 2016

Baltimore has already demolished 1,280 homes through a city government initiative called Vacants to Value.

Treasury Dept. will start crackdown on illicit money and luxury real estate

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January 25, 2016

This is the first time the federal government has required real estate companies to disclose names behind cash transactions, and it is aimed at combating money laundering schemes. 

Metal Roofing Seaming Guide published by Metal Construction Association

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January 25, 2016

The document provides an overview of the different types of seaming for metal roofing, a glossary of terms, training guidelines, safety recommendations, and more. 

Mandalay Homes will build 120 homes built to DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program

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January 15, 2016

Mandalay’s goal is to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) of 50 or less, without PVs, on every home they build.

New business models and cutting red tape keys to further solar energy growth

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January 14, 2016

Solar power technology continues to ramp up in performance and drop in price. 

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January 13, 2016

The Phi Suea House in Thailand uses the innovative energy storage technology to power four family homes as well as several support buildings.

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