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The United States government is now requiring energy companies to figure out ways to save power and become more efficient.  Seems the last time they did this in automotive industry – we started seeing a lot of new solutions like gas-free cars! Enter thermostats and smoke detectors. Now consumers who are building a new home will be integrating the latest technologies into their modern house plan.   Today, companies like Google are seeking ways to take the smarts of smartphones and build them into everything else, including your home.  And now the company is setting great expectations for a world populated with Google-powered smart devices. Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more
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Published On : 03-18-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Cool New Technologies for Home Design
New home design technology trends in the last couple of years have been focused on energy efficiency and mobile control for homes. Some of the highlights of these new technologies featured on the CNBC Slide how entitled, “Hottest New Home Technology" which were previewed at a recent Home Builder’s Show include: A laser robot vacuum – cleans your house efficiently. The Neato Robotics adds a laser that maps your house; then knows what has already been cleaned and what still needs to be done. After it is finished it heads back to its own home base. Kohler eco-friendly Numi toilet for today's modern bathrooms. It offers a motion-activated seat and lid, an air dryer, a multi-option bidet wand, a deodorizing charc Read more
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Published On : 12-30-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Website for The Plan Collection
We recently completed a development upgrade and redesign of our website at theplancollection.com. The goal was to improve the user experience and provide our users with access to more detailed and relevant information. We appreciate your comments, feedback and suggestions. Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
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Be Careful With Page.PreviousPage
I found something interesting while testing the website tonight. The new search we implemented was not working on the pages that display house plans. I thought that it was some kind of routing error that could be attributed to the url rewriting. However, closer examination showed that this is the error: 'Page.PreviousPage' threw an exception of type 'System.Threading.ThreadAbortException' For some reason ASP.Net doesn't like certain nested master pages and will throw this error. My solution was to remove the Page.PreviousPage reference and key off of a parameter value - in this case the value contained in the search box. All that I can figure is that the PreviousPage reference attempts to actually load the page which can result in Read more
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Published On : 03-04-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Updated Forums
We recently updated our forums. This was a big move as it required retiring our old forum software and migrating all the old posts to our new custom forums. We feel that the change will provide a better experience for everyone using the site. If you have any questions or would like to make a comment feel free to post to the forum and let us know what you think! One quick tip. If you paste a link to a house plan in the forum like this: http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-9218 the software will automatically add in the image of the house plan and create a working link. Read more
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Published On : 02-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Apologies in advance
I haven't been posting very often latetly - again. We are currently working on a new version of software for The Plan Collection and it is taking up quite a bit of my time. Hopefully the new version will better meet the needs of everyone who visits. If you have any suggestions or features that you desire go ahead and post them in the comments and we'll do what we can to add them. Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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