More stories about Exteriors

  • Power Monitor by Black and Decker

    The Power Monitor tells homeowners how much electricity they are using in real time and the cost in dollars and cents. A wireless sensor attaches to the electric meter outside a home, monitors the rate at which electricity is consumed, and transmits the information to a handheld display monitor...

  • Artisan Matrix Fiber-Cement Panel by James Hardie

    The Artisan Matrix fiber-cement panel boasts crisp, clean edges that allow for a layout with consistent architectural reveals on all sides, the firm says. The panels are installed on fiber-cement furring strips, which lets installers use finish nails and creates a rainscreen to drain moisture. The...

  • Green Products From the 2009 International Builders' Show

    Four of the Builders' Show's many eco-friendly products.

  • The Gardener’s Drip Kit by Rain Bird

    The Gardener’s Drip Kit includes all the connections, tubing, emitters, and tools necessary to install the drip irrigation system to an outdoor faucet or an underground irrigation system, the manufacturer says. Once installed, the system will distribute water slowly and consistently direct to the...

  • Enjarre Spray-On Earth Plaster by American Clay Spray Finishes

    Durable, beautiful, and environmentally friendly finishes are easy for us to get behind. Now, with American Clay’s Enjarre, a zero-VOC, spray-on earth plaster, you can apply a plaster finish over drywall that looks like it’s layers deep. Enjarre blends clays, aggregates, and mineral pigments that...

  • LightLine Over-Door Canopies by Feeney Architectural

    LightLine over-door canopies feature stainless steel support arms, integrated aluminum gutters, and UV-resistant acrylic visor panels in clear or frosted finishes. The overhangs come in an easy-to-assemble kit and fit most standard entryways. Canopy styles include the Gable, the Arch, and the...

  • Energy-Efficient Green Products Exterior Lighting Technology Features

    Just a year ago, Marty Bursky never had conversations with his clients about which type of energy-efficient fixture, if any, they should use in their exterior lighting. "Up until very recently," says the president of Cleveland Lighting One, a lighting showroom, dealer, and installer in the...

  • Permeable Clay Pavers

    RainPave permeable clay pavers allow water to filter down into the soil and dissipate rather than run off into storm drains. The pavers reduce the property’s impervious surface footprint and allow for a larger house footprint, the firm says. The rumbled pavers offer the look of traditional antique...

  • Managing Moisture

    Of the many principles incorporated into green building, moisture management is key to succeeding in at least two: health (in terms of avoiding mold) and durability (in terms of avoiding premature deterioration of materials). And while the business of building homes gets more difficult and more...

  • Green R&D: Hunter Douglas Warm Light Wall

    Installed on the MIT competition house during October’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., Hunter Douglas’ Warm Light Wall System was as eye-catching as it was functional. Based on a Trombe wall, Warm Light passive solar heating technology is made up of acrylic building blocks with aerogel...