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Home automation device hijacks homes’ HVAC systems

Amazon Echo. Photo: Rob Albright/Creative Commons.

March 23, 2016

Amazon’s Echo home automation device reportedly took things into its own hands and adjusted thermostats without owners’ authority.

APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

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March 21, 2016

The guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. 

Detroit startup has new model for affordable housing

Century Partners renovated this house in Detroit. Photo: Century Partners.

March 18, 2016

In addition to paying cash for the homes, Century Partners provides shares of its profits to the former homeowners. 

Some experts fear that it’s too late for South Florida to mitigate sea level rise

Miami. Photo: Matthew Hurst/Creative Commons.

March 17, 2016

They say policymakers should begin planning for how to deal with a massive exodus of area residents in the coming decades. 

Longer permit processing times feared to increase housing costs

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March 16, 2016

The wait can take as long as six to eight months—up from two to three months in some hot markets.

Northern Michigan fire raises concerns about firefighter safety on structures with metal roofs

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March 15, 2016

The roofs make it very hard to get suppression penetration into the attic and into the involved areas of the home.

Entire house moves to track path of the sun

Photo: Yusuke Takahashi/Creative Commons.

March 14, 2016

The combined rotation of the building and roof produces 25,000 kWh/year of electricity, five times as much energy as a home of comparable size would typically use.

South Carolina getting $157 million in federal aid to recover from severe flooding

Flood in Sumpter County, S.C., in 2015. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

March 11, 2016

The funds will help with unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs after thousands of homes and small businesses were damaged or destroyed last October.

Nationwide clash over net metering threatens solar panel market

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March 10, 2016

More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reportedly reconsidering them. 

Tiny house company founder believes tiny house trend will last

Photo: Tammy Strobel/Creative Commons.

March 09, 2016

A 200-home development in Salida, Colo., will be the largest tiny house community in the country.


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