American-made products, wooden light bulbs, meteorological pendants, and other product news from the past week.
- This Old House: 30 Best Building Products Made in America
- Residential Building Products and Technology: 15 Awesome Products Made in the USA
- Remodeling: 20 Products Made in the USA
• You shouldn’t take wooden nickels, but perhaps a wooden light bulb? A Japanese designer has created one out of pine veneer–for the bargain price of $2,700 (that’s a lot of nickels).
• Giving new meaning to the concept of bringing the outdoors in, the Cloud pendant light provides the audio-visual sensation of a thunderstorm.
• Americans are cutting the cord in droves. New research shows that 41% of households now use only wireless phones.
• In the wake of the innovative Nest, major manufacturers are following suit with smart thermostats of their own. A Wall Street Journal reporter puts them to the test.
• Everything you every wanted to know about log homes in one handy infographic.
• Good news: Builders are paying closer attention to the building envelope. Research from Professional Builder outlines the performance-enhancing products and methods they’re investing in most.
• Bored of glass and metal, a Harvard student invented way to weave facades out of clay. It looks like macramé, but it’s still pretty nifty.
Modern fences, cork insulation, the CFL-UV connection, FSC wood enters Olympic spotlight, and other product news from the past week.
Building product news from the past week, including solar-ready requirements in California, stunning wine cellars, wooden light bulbs, tech tools for remodelers, and more.
Sophisticated radiators, finding the perfect circ saw, solar goes standard, mis-labeled light bulbs, and other building product news from the past week.
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.
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.
• Not to be outdone, Toshiba has introduced its own A19 LED lamp.
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.