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California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.

Building solar farms may not build the middle class

Some of the wealthiest companies in the world are investing in the green economy. But they’re not investing in paying union wages.

BlocPower's Donnel Baird on green building, Biden infrastructure deal

Brooklyn-based Black CEO of energy efficiency start-up on rebuilding cities for climate, the infrastructure deal Biden should take, and VC's racial reckoning.

California looks at curbing construction in wildfire-prone areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

China adds more parks to its cities to raise quality of life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

House hunters are leaving the city, and builders can't keep up

For years, people most wanted to live in places where it was the hardest to build. Now, with a rise in remote work, exurban areas look more appealing.

Biden’s big bet: Tackling climate change will create jobs, not kill them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to "job-killing" environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would create well-paying new jobs. President Biden is betting on it.

Climate threats could mean big jumps in insurance costs this year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

Justin Gillis: What will happen to your next home if builders get their way?

A lobby is trying to block building codes that would help fight climate change.

Hounded by wildfires, Californians rethink their willingness to rebuild

In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.

Home solar is growing, but big installers are still losing money

Some companies are having trouble surviving and making money installing panels because of intense competition and the high costs of doing business.

How the virus slowed the booming wind energy business

Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

As concerns over climate change rise, more developers turn to wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.
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