Happy New Year! Here are five new products to close out 2011, including lightweight gypsum, a 1930s-inspired vanity, and a deck-gate kit. Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays didn’t slow the flow of interesting building product news last week. Here are a few stories that caught our attention, including Queen Elizabeth’s alternative energy installation, solar-generating paint, 2012 trends, fabulous fireplaces, and more.
Earlier this month, Schlage unveiled the industry’s first residential door lock with a built-in alarm. Unlike traditional security systems, which trigger after an intruder has already gotten in the house, this entryset sounds when it detects vibration or motion at the door.
With the vast array of glass, porcelain, and metal tiles on the market, the options for creating one-of-a-kind backsplashes in the kitchen and the bath are limitless. Here are 10 that stand out for their elegant simplicity, creative combinations, or artful aesthetics.
A truly one-of-a-kind option, this colorful backsplash made with recycled skateboards is featured in a kitchen in the Lofts at Cherokee Studios multifamily project in L.A. Read the rest of this entry »
Five new products, including two luxurious soaking tubs, nature-imitating tiles, and class-leading band saws. Read the rest of this entry »
Green building predictions, wind turbines aflame, pond-scum-inspired solar, and other building product news of note this week.
A farmhouse-sink vanity, Hitchcock-inspired wallpaper, modified wood, and two other products that caught our attention this week. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week, Products Insider had the pleasure of touring a few projects in the Netherlands and the UK featuring Accoya, a modified wood product made by Accsys Technologies, a client of this blog’s parent company. Client or not, we were impressed with the diversity of applications and aesthetics we saw.
Accoya wood undergoes a nontoxic proprietary modification process called acetylation that renders it an unrecognizable wood source, preventing fungal decay while increasing its dimensional stability. The material is sourced from FSC- and PEFC-certified forests and is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.
Here are a few of the projects we visited:
Moses Bridge, Fort de Roovere, the Netherlands:
Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week, including brick-laying robots, growing demand for roofing, more Chinese drywall cleanup, and ultra-hip toilets.
• Good news for the roofing market: Demand is predicted to rise an average of 5.7% per year between 2010 and 2015, a turnaround from the previous five-year period, in which demand shrank 6.1% per year.