Buzz: Product News Roundup, High Fiber EditionPosted: 03.20.2012
Inspiring fiber-cement siding, 13 luxury products, a promising solar spike, and other product news from the past week.
• For a luxurious touch inside, here are 13 high-end, cutting-edge products from the upcoming Architectural Digest Home Design Show.
• Sorry, energy-minded remodelers and homeowners: The U.S. Senate opted not to renew tax credits for efficient product purchases such as appliances.
• On a brighter note, the U.S. Solar industry saw a spike last year, with PV installations more than doubling versus 2010.
• Taliesin West is adding to this year’s solar count. PV installation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic school and studio began last week as officials aim to reduce the iconic site’s $200,000 annual energy expenses.
• The humble commode is finding new life in Bellingham, Wash. The city is using “poticrete”—aggregate made with crushed-up toilets—for its sidewalks.
• Vivid colors mixed with quieter tones is one of the door and window finish trends Jeld-Wen is predicting for 2012.
• Speaking of windows: Are you incorporating them in innovative ways? If so, entries are open for the myMarvin Architect’s Challenge.