Green homes red-hot 

From Wendy Koch at USA TODAY: The home building industry is struggling, but one sector is booming: green homes. The number of homes winning the government’s Energy Star designation since the program began in 1995 has crossed the 1 million mark. Despite an overall housing slump, 75,000 have been added so far this year for a total of 1,024,200. Last year, Energy Star homes accounted for nearly 17% of all single-family homes built, up from 12% in 2007. The Energy Star label means a house is at least 20% more energy-efficient than other new homes. Read more

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