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Turn On the Lights? Theres an App for That

Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That

Betting on fresh interest in networked home products, GE launches a light bulb that can be turned on and off with a smartphone.

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Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Faced with big repairs on a rental property in Washington, D.C., the owners decided to tear the building down and create a new one with used shipping containers.

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Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

There are plenty of competitions for innovative and beautiful projects. Now there's one for engineering and architecture that just plain sucks.

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Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

After winning the approval of a historic review board, a North Carolina architect started construction of his new house. But a neighbor's challenge has left the project in limbo.

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Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

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Modern appliances are marvels of technological ingenuity. There's only one problem--they don't last as long as they used to.

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Construction Industry Fatalities Increase

Construction Industry Fatalities Increase

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A report from the AFL-CIO shows the fatality rate increased in 2012, and the energy boom in the West could have something to do about it.

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1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice

1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice

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Cut a board wrong and you blew a few bucks; build a house on the adjoining property and you may blow $1.8 million.

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Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs

Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs

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The proportion of women working in the construction industry is about the same as it was 30 years ago--less than 3% overall.

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Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging

Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging

A national survey finds the number of houses being built isn't enough to keep up with job growth in 32 states, a trend that will push up prices for homebuyers in the long run.

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More Builders Go Green

More Builders Go Green

More buyers want the energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and durability that green building fosters, and more builders are adopting green strategies in their projects. The trend affects both single-family and multifamily builders and developers.

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