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California Becomes the First State to Require Solar Panels on New Houses

Starting in 2020, new houses built in California will be required to have solar panels. This new provision will be a goal for other states in the country to strive for, according to Kent Sasaki, a structural engineer and member of the state Building Standards Commission. The California Energy Commission in May voted to require that new homes have solar panel installations as part of the state's Green Building Standards Code. Installing solar panels will add about $10,000 to the cost of building...

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Consumers Continue Interest in Sustainable Home Features

Sustainable home features and environmentally friendly neighborhoods are becoming important factors for homebuyers, according to the second annual Realtors and Sustainability Report, which polled members of the National Association of Realtors. The survey focused on sustainability issues facing consumers in the real estate market, and ways realtors are setting their own goals to reduce energy usage. The report found that 61 percent of respondents think consumers have an interest in sustainabilit...

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7 Eco-Friendly Insulation Alternatives for a Green Home

Insulation helps reduces the cost of household heating and cooling throughout the year. For more than a century, most new homes were built with fiberglass insulation, but it is associated with several health issues. Healthier alternative types of insulation include sheep's wool, which is fire retardant and can help keep a home warm in winter and cool in the summer. Compressed wool fibers form tiny air pockets, making the outer layer resistant to water while the inner layer absorbs moisture. Ano...

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Senate Banking Chairman Releases Housing Finance Reform Proposal

Sen. Mike Crapo R-ID , Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has released a legislative proposal that would reform the nation’s housing finance system. Most notably, the proposal would privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after years of government control. Real estate industry stakeholders have welcomed the plan as a positive step in the discussion regarding housing finance reform. The Senate proposal follows reports that the acting Director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA ...

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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Injury and Illness Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA announced on January 24 that it has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for businesses with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information for OSHA Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and OSHA Form 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report to the Agency each year. OSHA states that the final rule will allow the Agency to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, protect worker privacy an...

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