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Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers

Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers

The Race to Zero competition challenges college students and faculty in the U.S. and Canada to design high-performance houses.

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Displaced Construction Workers Are Finding New Jobs

Displaced Construction Workers Are Finding New Jobs

More than half of those who lost their jobs during the recession have been rehired, but the industry still faces a shortage of skilled workers.

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Home Depot Confirms Data Breach

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach

The company says malicious software allowed credit-card data to be stolen and focuses on sales made between April and September.

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Lowes Finds Top Smart-Home Feature is Enhanced Security

Lowe's Finds Top Smart-Home Feature is Enhanced Security

The home improvement retailer discovers that home security is the top priority for people investing in home automation. Few prefer professionally installed systems over a DIY approach without a monthly fee.

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Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses

Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses

A Wisconsin technical college builds the first of three Passivhaus structures--a project that connects students in five related disciplines with outside pros

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Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training

Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training

A training center to open in Los Angeles next year will train union electricians in advanced techniques integral to net-zero-energy technology

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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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