2013’s trendy colors, life-saving air conditioning, inspiring islands, arguing against spray foam, and other product news from the past week.
• Perhaps primary colors are more your style? Try these strategies for working with basic blue, red, and yellow.
• Though it takes its fair share of knocks for inefficiency, air conditioning is now being called a lifesaver, as a study reveals it has helped cut heat-related deaths by 80%.
• From country chic to modern sleek, these 20 kitchen islands will inspire.
• 13 reasons Treehugger thinks foam insulation doesn’t belong in green buildings.
• Perhaps NanoSonic’s Hybridsil is an exception to these concerns? The new 100% silicone-based foam insulation claims to be less toxic than spray polyurethane foam.
• Researchers in Spain have devised bricks made from paper-production waste.
• Can’t get enough products? Peruse Residential Architect magazine’s most popular products and product collections of 2012.
Edgy bath fixtures, carved interior doors, and three other products that caught our eye this week.
Sophisticated radiators, finding the perfect circ saw, solar goes standard, mis-labeled light bulbs, and other building product news from the past week.
Nest Labs, founded by former Apple execs who helped develop the iPod and iPhone, announced today the launch of a thermostat that “learns,” making it simpler than ever to program schedules and, even better, save energy.
According to the company, the Nest Learning Thermostat uses sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing and adjusts temperatures up and down for comfort when the home is occupied and energy savings when it’s not. As homeowners adjust the temperature, the thermostat programs itself, learning schedules within a week and automatically turning down heating or cooling when they are away. Read the rest of this entry »