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New and Notable Building Products

New and Notable Building Products

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    James Hardie. The HardieZone System, the company’s latest generation of fiber-cement siding, is formulated and engineered for optimum performance under varying climate conditions to further ensure durability and longevity. HZ5 siding, for northern climates, offers a formulation designed to withstand freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and moisture. It also includes a new beveled top and drip edge to improve water management. HZ10 stands up to the heat and unstable conditions of southern and western climates, including coastal regions, and is resistant to moisture, cracking, swelling, high winds, termites, and flame. 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com.

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    ODL. The Solar Powered Dimmer allows homeowners to control the amount of natural light coming through their tubular skylight, but without the need for hard-wiring and therefore easier and more flexible installation. The three-button remote control operates a shade dimmer and two LED nightlights, both of which are powered by a solar panel within the skylight tube. 800.635.4968. www.odl.com.

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    Trestlewood. Picklewood siding is crafted from salvaged vat staves used to produce pickles, vinegar, and other foods in the 1800s; these redwood, cypress, and Douglas fir vats are being phased out in favor of fiberglass and stainless steel. The siding is available with the weathered exterior faces of the vats or processed to expose the clear material, the firm says. 877.375.2779. www.trestlewood.com.

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    Multiquip. Attached to a skid-steer loader or forklift, the Hog Crusher scoops up and pulverizes most jobsite materials—including brick, block, stone, asphalt, and non-reinforced concrete—into 2-inch pieces or smaller that can be used as backfill, landfill, or driveway material. The unit can process up to 10 tons of material per hour, the firm says. 800.421.1244. www.multiquip.com.  

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    Native Trails. The Old World vanity is made from wood reclaimed locally by the manufacturer and finished with paint reclaimed from landfills or excess paint from paint stores. The units feature a deep wood-grain texture and hand-forged iron handles and hinges. They come in 24-, 30-, and 36-inch sizes. 800.786.0862. www.nativetrails.net.

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    Fluke Tools. IR-Fusion technology on the TiR32 thermal imaging tool allows users to marry thermal images with digital images, including a picture-in-picture view that provides for easy pinpointing of problem areas. The unit’s 320x240 sensor provides for crisp, clear images. Designed like a tool, the device can survive a 6?1/2-foot drop and comes with two rechargeable batteries. Optional lenses can be attached. 800.760.4523. www.fluke.com.

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    Miele. The 30-inch Independent series bottom-mount refrigerator is 33% more efficient than federal standards. The Energy Star–rated refrigerator features MasterCool controls, a menu-driven system for easy adjustment of four cooling zones, a dual-compressor system that ensures the refrigerator and freezer do not exchange air, and a Drop and Lock shelving system. 800.843.7231. www.mieleusa.com.   

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    Gaggenau. The 36-inch CI 491 induction cooktop now includes a frying sensor that keeps the oil at a precise temperature so it doesn’t overheat, the maker says. The unit includes five flexible cooking zones ranging from 1,400 to 3,600 watts, 17 output levels, power boost, memory cooking, and pan detection. It comes frameless or with a stainless steel frame. 877.442.4436. www.gaggenau-usa.com.

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    Nora Lighting. LED recessed downlights are now available with a 3?1/2-inch aperture that delivers 10.5 watts with 500 lumens at 3000K; a 4?1/2-inch aperture that delivers 14 watts with 622 lumens at 3000K; and a 5?1/2-inch model offering 14 watts with 635 lumens at 3000K and 730 lumens at 4200K. The fixtures can save more than 75% of energy compared to 65-watt BR30 lamps, says the maker. They are tested to the LM-79 IES standard for LEDs and are undergoing Energy Star certification. 800.686.6672. www.noralighting.com.

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    Caroma. The company now offers its Sydney Smart high-efficiency toilet with a back outlet. The WaterSense-labeled dual-flush unit offers 1.28 gpf and 0.8 gpf. A large trapway eliminates blockages, says the maker, and washdown technology pushes waste from the bowl. It is Maximum Performance tested at 900 grams. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.

A selection of sustainable products, including high-efficiency toilets, lighting, cooktops and thermal imaging tools.