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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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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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