Buildings adhering to the standard will better withstand damage and protect occupants.
Lancaster, Calif., is one community incorporating the latest water- and energy-saving technology into homes.
Turbines will turn sea water into electricity.
More than 80 percent of impacted homeowners are in the construction process or applying for reoccupancy.
Research indicates installation can increase future PV implementation by almost half within a mile radius.
Agency wants to ensure proper safeguards for installation, maintenance of wiring are in place.
All of the activity has helped the regional housing market, but moves by China and the U.S. could slow future investment.
Creators say the house could be a model for affordable housing in urban areas.
Prices have dropped significantly in the last few decades, while manufacturers focus on enhanced capability and capacity.
Agencies are lowering or eliminating required down-payment amounts.