Buzz: Product News Roundup – Loads of LEDs Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week, including two big names expanding the market’s LED options, a decline in green product purchases, and homeowner trends galore.

• Samsung has entered the LED market with seven bulbs, including several screw-in options.

Toshiba's dimmable A19 LED lamp offers 450-lumen output to replace 40-watt incandescents.

• Not to be outdone, Toshiba has introduced its own A19 LED lamp.

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New: Products of the Week, 11.26.11

Water-saving showerheads, modern pellet stoves, slate-look porcelain tile, and two more products that caught our attention this week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup – Paint by Numbers Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week:

• Designers rejoice! Color authority Pantone now offers its own set of paints in 49 pre-mixed, numbered colors from its Color Matching System.

• Smaller interiors mean more focus on outdoor living, a Professional Builder study reveals.

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New: Products of the Week, 11.18.11

Unique door handles, an industry-first inspection camera, an outdoor cooktop, and two other products that caught our attention during the past week.

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Tips: 5 Ways Pinterest Can Help Architects and Building Pros Stay Organized

A screen shot of landscape designer Home Outside's Pinterest account shows boards including "Plants We Love," "Outdoor Furniture," and "Garden Sculpture."

Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new products and design ideas swirling around the Internet? Pinterest.com can help you and your company get organized.

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In Practice: Manufactured Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven

Image courtesy Grand River Stone

To craft this outdoor pizza oven in London, Ontario, Cambria Stone Design began with a small pizza oven kit, then framed it out into a larger, custom piece. Eldorado Stone’s manufactured stone veneer, supplied by Grand River Stone, was applied to the outside; the oven also is outfitted with a poured-concrete shelf and topped with a traditional roof (still under construction) and a chimney.


Buzz: Product News Roundup—Smarter Sprinklers Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week:

• Products Insider loves the WaterSense label, so we’re happy to see that the EPA certification is expanding to outdoor products with a pending program for irrigation controllers.

• Research by Professional Remodeler reveals that 54% of remodelers have seen a slight to significant decrease in window business since the tax credits expired.

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New: Products of the Week, 11.11.11

Happy Veteran’s Day! Here are 5 products to end the week, including an artistic light fixture and stain-resistant decking:

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Buzz: Product News Roundup — Farewell Foyers Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week:

• Good-bye soaring foyers, hello entryway “drop zones.” The Wall Street Journal offers a look at what homebuyers in today’s economy want.

• In promising energy-efficiency news, Lowe’s will soon start selling VuCorp’s Electron Simulated Luminescence 19.5-watt light bulbs, which can replace a 65-watt incandescent but, unlike traditional CFLs, are mercury-free, turn on instantly, and are fully dimmable.

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New: Products of the Week, 11.4.11

An easy-to-clean oven, energy-efficient lighting, and two more finds for homes this week.

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