Green Policy

Group Pans 'Greenwashing' of Green Globes
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Group Pans 'Greenwashing' of Green Globes

Greenwash Action asks Green Building Initiative to strengthen its Green Globes... More

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Pentagon Spending Bill Signals New Step in LEED Fight

A just-passed bill promoting a more expansive view of green building certification programs at the Pentagon is generating cheers among lobbyists opposed to an exclusive embrace of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system and a "bring it on" attitude from the USGBC. More

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USDA Ramps Up Pro-Wood, Pro-Green Policies

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

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Handy Men

While new-home building lags, remodelers are seeing steady gains. One reason why: Foreclosures. More

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NLBMDA Legislative Agenda Seeks To Retain Mortgage Interest Deduction

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association added its voice to the housing industry's call against efforts to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, even as the NLBMDA favored a legislative and regulatory policy agenda that echoes the surge in pro-business, anti-regulation attitude in Washington. More

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Why You Should Care About Claim Check Verified

In this open letter to building products retailers, Florida Building Material Association president Bill Tucker explains why Claim Check Verified matters. More

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Home Star Bill Introduced in House

Several House members today introduced legislation creating Home Star, a measure designed to spur employment by giving tax credits for energy retrofits of homes. More

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Home Star Energy Retrofit Bill Introduced

Senate Finance Committee Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and a pair of bipartisan co-sponsors have introduced the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, legislation to create jobs by providing up to $6 billion worth of tax rebates for the installation of energy-efficient products. More

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Trust, But Verify

Time was, says Bill Tucker, "a material man was a material man, and that was it. More

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NLBMDA's Hill Wish List: Retrofit Incentives, No Health Care Bill, Estate Tax Relief

LBM dealers will urge members of Congress to support home retrofitting incentives, fight Democrats' health care legislation and support permanent estate tax relief, according to talking points distributed by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association in advance of its Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference. More

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