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Real Estate - May 31, 2013

Beyond smart homes

Stanford students build an interactive, customizable solar home

by Audra Sorman

Wearing a hard hat and safety goggles, Stanford University student Derek Ouyang stood in the middle of a partially constructed solar house, which shaded a group of working students from the heat of a sunny May afternoon. A senior studying civil engineering and architectural design, Ouyang looked back-and-forth between the digital blueprint on his laptop screen and the home-to-be around him.

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