I had the pleasure of catching up with Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, as he preps for the upcoming PV America West conference. Here’s what he believes to be the biggest current trends in residential solar: Read the rest of this entry »
Product and design news from around the Web, including new technologies that provide Jetsons-like home automation, xeriscaping beyond the desert, low-speed wind turbines, and creative cabinetry.
• Manufacturers at Mobile World Congress this week showed that Jetsons-like home control is no longer a fantasy—but it still risks being slowed by today’s incompatibility realities.
• One glance at the Wind Harvester and it’s clear this isn’t your mother’s wind turbine. Based on a “reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils,” the device can generate power in low winds and high speeds, typical tripping points for traditional vertical models.
• Head’s up, remodelers: Read the rest of this entry »
The National Kitchen & Bath Association recently released the results of its 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey, which analyzes the materials, products, and styles being specified by more than 350 member designers. Here are the key trends revealed: Read the rest of this entry »
Product news from the past week, including home design trends that are falling out of favor, affordable LEDs, wood ceilings, and more.
Bird-safe buildings, AIA’s design trends, building product nutrition labels, an infrared camera primer, and other product news from the past week. Read the rest of this entry »
Even if your remodeling customers don’t have a ton of money to spend, there are plenty of areas around the house where a bit of freshening up can go a long way. Whether you’re looking to extend an existing job or add some quick one-off business, here are a few strategies to help your clients feel more at home. Read the rest of this entry »
Product and design predictions for 2012, unique range hoods, and other product news from the past week.
Love year-end lists? Here are a few more: Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays didn’t slow the flow of interesting building product news last week. Here are a few stories that caught our attention, including Queen Elizabeth’s alternative energy installation, solar-generating paint, 2012 trends, fabulous fireplaces, and more.
Green building predictions, wind turbines aflame, pond-scum-inspired solar, and other building product news of note this week.
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.