Buzz: Product News Roundup, On the Fence Edition

Modern fences, cork insulation, the CFL-UV connection, FSC wood enters Olympic spotlight, and other product news from the past week.

• Think fences are all white pickets and chain link? Think again. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup—Ready, Set, Solar Edition

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.

Solar Panels

• As part of its new energy standards, California will require solar-ready roofs by 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup — Radiating Beauty Edition

Sophisticated radiators, finding the perfect circ saw, solar goes standard, mis-labeled light bulbs, and other building product news from the past week. 

• Forget hissing and spitting. Here are 6 wall-mount radiators that Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup—Treasured Islands Edition

What’s new in the world of building products this week, including 30 kitchen island ideas, climbing material prices, prepping for “Bulb Apocalypse,” super-efficient solar, universal design trends, and much more.

• From round to hexagonal, purple to yellow, metal to wood, this collection of 30 kitchen islands will inspire creativity no matter your design style.

• Can streetlights save lives and create jobs? Chattanooga thinks so.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup – Raise the Roof Edition

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.

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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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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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