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CFCC students win first place for building green design

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Some students at Cape Fear Community College are officially the best when it comes to going green. A group of architectural students won first place in a state-wide green building competition. Hundreds of students in state universities and community colleges competed to build the most affordable, energy efficient multi-family development. Many hours when into the project, and in the end, the students said the hard work paid off. "The whole idea is just to do things smarter. Everybody gets a little complacent out in the building world because folks may not want to us a new product because they don't know how to use it and implement that into the building process,” said CFCC architectural student Patrick Gorham. “That was one of the big instances behind the competition is to find some products." The CFCC team beat out teams from bigger schools like Duke, NC State and ECU. The prize-winning plans will come to life. The homes will be built by next year in Raleigh for low income families.

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