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Weatherizations Home-Stretch Recovery

Weatherization's Home-Stretch Recovery

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Even though the expanded Weatherization Assistance Program struggled out of the gate – and can always be improved – it has produced encouraging, credible results

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Taking Aim at Californias Low-Carbon Target

Taking Aim at California's Low-Carbon Target

As the state prepares to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels over the next 38 years, scientists predict a mostly electric future

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Lawmaker Targets DOEs Weatherization Program

Lawmaker Targets DOE's Weatherization Program

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It's all part of Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign to stop "green initiative abuse"

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

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There’s still a disconnect between Americans’ awareness of energy efficiency benefits and the “magic number” of actions they need to take to significantly reduce their utility bills

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A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

Proposed legislation would require home appraisals to reflect expected energy costs, allow homeowners to recover investments in upgrades, and even create jobs in the retrofit and construction sectors

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Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Despite competitive pressures and the failure of Solyndra, the solar-industry workforce has more than doubled since 2009, the Solar Foundation says in a report titled "U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2011," which can be viewed here: http://www.seia.org/galleries/pdf/SMI-Q2-2011-ES.pdf

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Compared to the 2000s, the coming decade for remodelers is expected to feature more stability, and more spending in two key emerging markets, the Joint Center for Housing Studies says

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Although the remodeling industry is still highly fragmented, larger firms have continued consolidate and attract a growing share of jobs

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies takes a closer look at how remodeling’s ups and downs over the past decade reshaped the industry for the decade to come

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Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hills Spending-Cuts Big Talk

Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hill's Spending-Cuts Big Talk

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It’s in the very early going, but all corners of the homebuilding and remodeling industries seem unlikely to escape completely unscathed

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A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

Remodeling Market Index stays put as NAHB reminds consumers tax credits are about to expire for energy-efficiency improvements; meanwhile, Meritage reports a third-quarter profit and the Labor Department reports an employment jump for October

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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¡Viva Verde!

¡Viva Verde!

For green building to survive it has to become bilingual.

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Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010

Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010

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Contractors predict that next year will bring more of the same pain to the home-building market, but there are also big opportunities.

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