Buzz: Product News Roundup, Bridging the Gap Edition

Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.

Bay_Bridge_House_Design_front1-805x525• The old San Francisco Bay Bridge lives on: I-beams, concrete, girders, trusses, and roadways from the bridge, which was recently replaced, will be used to build a three-story house.

• Batting zero? A New Zealand study found that 100% of batt insulation installations have failures.

• Men need a place for their clothes too. Here are 30 ideas for walk-in closets with masculine appeal.

• The U.S. government is throwing its muscle behind tall wood buildings.

• 15 ways to create drama with light fixtures.

• That giant tarp? You’re folding it wrong.

• 10 tips to help your clients choose the right windows.

• Scientists are developing “microstructural lightweight construction materials” that have a stability relative to their weight that exceeds materials such as steel.


New: Products of the Week, 11.4.13

Whimsical pendants, modern bath furniture, and three other products that caught our attention this week.

Duravit X-Large_RGB

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Lighting the Future Edition

The latest bulb technologies, IKEA selling solar, rammed-earth houses, and other product news from the past week.

Philips Hue bulb

Philips Hue bulb

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Products of the Week, 9.23.13

Etched tiles, high-efficiency toilets, heated work jackets, and two other products that crossed our desks this week.

Bosch jacket

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New: Products of the Week, 9.13.12

Industry-leading wall ovens, a powerful right-angle drill, peppy orange pendant lights, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

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In Practice: Tubular Skylight Pendants Put Decorative Spin on Daylighting

The popularity of tubular skylights, which collect sunlight from the roof and channel it via a highly reflective tube, has soared in recent years, thanks in part to the green building movement and the ongoing push to get more natural light deeper into homes and buildings.

Most often, tubular skylights end at the ceiling, in a fixture similar to a recessed light (and perhaps even incorporating a supplemental electric light). Decorative options, such as diffusers and mounted shades, are growing. But you also can go a step further by transforming the solar tube into a traditional pendant- or chandelier-like fixture, as tubular skylight maker Solatube does in its own lobby.

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New: Products of the Week, 8.30.12

5 new products, including sleek showerpipes, art-glass lights, and a fiberglass entry door.

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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.

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New: Products of the Week, 7.18.12

Five new products, including durable chisels, crystal light fixtures, and circular cabinet pulls.

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New: Products of the Week, 6.22.12

5 new products, including a curvaceous tub, a hassle-saving fastener, and long-lasting porch flooring.

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New: Products of the Week, 5.14.12

Piano-inspired lighting, lightweight joint compound, Italian tiles, and two other products that caught our eye this week.


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New: Kitchen & Bath Show Products, Part 1

The Kitchen & Bath Show (KBIS) was held last week in Chicago, with no shortage of cool new products, hot trends, and innovative technologies on display. Here’s a roundup of 8 finds from the exhibit floor. (And check out Part 2 of our coverage for 8 more products.)

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