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Two engineers working on their master’s degrees at the Royal College of Art in London have come up with a “building in a bag.”

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This section will focus on the technology we use, updates to the website and other technical issues that we find are interesting or relevant.

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We recently completed an upgrade and redesign of our website at theplancollection.com. The goal was to improve the user experience and provide access to more detailed info.

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Every couple of years we see some amazing technology that comes out of the home design industry. In recent years, following are some of the highlights in cool technology that is still catching up in homes nationwide. See if you are up to date with the latest stuff.

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Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. In case you did not hear, Nest’s first product was a smart thermostat that adjusts to a person’s living patterns. Nest basically offers a set of features that link up its smart thermostats with utility companies themselves. The company’s Founder and CEO Tony Fadell invented the iPad at Apple.

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People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home of the future is with automated systems is here to stay. Smart home technology is convenient, and this state-of-the-art market is growing from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners.

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Here is an ultra-modern 5,297 sq. ft. house plan with 2 bedroom suites downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The large living space connects with dining, kitchen and upstairs loft.

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In 2015, it will be the year of home automation thanks to the rapid adoption of smart phone technology for home automation. More and more people building new homes want smart home features s they can control their spaces and lives better – increasing energy efficiency and saving water, preventing burglaries, even accidents at home – but also having some fun watching and listening to wireless entertainment.

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A new home designed with the latest smart technology now allows you to now monitor everything from moisture levels to security from the palm of your hand. Everything from motion, heat and moisture sensors can alert you of there is a change in temperature at home. While home video security can be connected via apps on your phone.

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Can you imagine the initial reaction when the first telephones and electric appliances were introduced in the early 1900s? Perhaps overwhelming curiosity and a little trepidation with the new household “toys”? Today, these “toys” are more advanced as technology gives everyone opportunities to adapt to 21st century changes and innovations.

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In prior decades, glass used to have low energy efficiency and the potential to cause interior damage from sunlight, whereas now it’s considered one of the staples of modern green building with a financial upside. When building your dream home, it is worth remembering that the environment, efficiencies and economics all play a role, but as glass continues to improve energy-wise more home builders will be able to embrace it.

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We are excited to announce that our new responsive website, ThePlanCollection.com, has just been launched! We have completely redesigned our site to make your house plan search and purchase more enjoyable than ever before – on any device: mobile phone, tablet, or desktop.

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