Buzz: Product News Roundup, Red-White-and-Blue Edition

American-made products, wooden light bulbs, meteorological pendants, and other product news from the past week.

Wolf Range• July 4th got you feeling patriotic? Several publications were feeling that way too last week, publishing lists of Made in the USA products for your viewing pleasure:

• 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.

30 splashy kitchen backsplashes.

• 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.

 


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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.

Read the rest of this entry »