New residential construction will have to meet Zero Net Energy standards by 2020.
Even without solar panels, homeowners could still save $600 per year.
One study says almost half of all new households in the next decade will be Hispanic.
The number of people under 40 paying $250 or more per month on student loans has tripled since 2005.
Half of the funding will go to community lending organizations to revitalize neighborhoods.
Firefighters say this type of pre-engineered wood or timber is more likely to collapse quickly during a fire
Money will be doled out in amounts ranging from $28,000 to $1.3 million.
Falling costs of panels and installation plus federal tax credits making widespread use a possibility.
Department's focus shifting away from stemming foreclosures
Sales of newly built, single-family homes increased 18 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units.