Launch Slideshow

2010 Builders' Show Preview

15 eco-friendly products that will be on display.

2010 Builders' Show Preview

15 eco-friendly products that will be on display.

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    Vantage. This touchscreen-based dashboard provides homeowners with data on the home’s energy usage, allowing them to modify behavior to operate more efficiently. The company’s energy management solutions are compatible with any utility company in the world. 800.555.9891. www.vantagecontrols.com.
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    Progress Lighting. Le Papier CFL fabric sconces are made-to-order with a variety of decorative element options, including a decorative acrylic paper in a choice of patterns and colors; nickel and bronze finishes; and end caps for luminance below or above the fixture. An inner transmissive element diffuses the CFL light for balanced illumination. Shown here is Whimsy White paper with a brushed nickel finish. 864.678.1000 www.progresslighting.com.
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    Integrity by Marvin. LoE3-366 glass is now a glazing option for the maker’s windows and doors. The glass provides a superior energy-efficiency with three layers of silver oxide. Like other Low E coatings, LoE3-366 helps keep heat inside in the winter and outside during the summer, offering homeowners lower energy bills. The glazing also has an improved U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient, both of which allow windows with LoE3-366 to meet standards for federal tax credits of 30% up to $1,500. 888.419.0076. www.integritywindows.com.
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    Cooper Lighting. Halo Eco-Twist 5-inch and 6-inch compact fluorescent downlights accept low-profile, high-color Living Spaces lamps by Osram Slyvania and meet Title 24 standards. The lamps have a color rendering index of 86 and a color temperature of 2700 K. They are designed to last more than 10,000 hours. 770.486.4800. www.cooperlighting.com.
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    Gerber. Designed for water conservation, the Wicker Park bathroom suite includes high-efficiency toilets and low-flow bathroom faucets. Toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush and the WaterSense-rated faucets operate at 1.5 gallons per minute. Faucets are available in chrome and brushed nickel. 630.754.0278. www.gerberonline.com.
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    Trex. Transcend alternative decking features the company’s composite core—which is made with 95% recycled plastic and wood flour—wrapped three-quarters around with a coextruded layer that protects the core while providing stain, scratch, and mold resistance. The firm says the shell’s thickness, about two to three times greater than cellular PVC decking’s, also provides for superior fade resistance, wear resistance for high-traffic areas, and a deeper wood-grain. The decking carries a 25-year fade and stain warranty. 800.289.8739. www.trex.com.
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    Kolbe & Kolbe. Windquest Series energy performance windows feature a 1 1/4-inch triple-glazing system that helps them achieve U-Values of 0.18 and 0.19 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23. The windows come with a combination of low-E coatings on the glass to optimize performance. Available in white or beige, the products are available as casement, awning and studio windows. 800.955.8177. www.kolbe-kolbe.com.
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    Nichiha. Two new vertical panel options are available in the NichiProducts line: Stucco and Grooved 8-inch on-center. Both panels measure 5/16 inch thick and 4 feet wide, and they come primed in various lengths. Manufactured using the same process as NichiBoard lap siding, the panels are introduced to heat and more than 1 million pounds of pressure to create deeper textures and crisper edges. 866.424.4421. www.nichiha.com.
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    Quikrete. Addressing consumer interest in eco-friendly products, the maker has introduced Green Concrete Mix comprising 50% recycled material, including recycled aggregates, fly ash, and/or slag cements. With the use of recycled materials, Green Concrete Mix diverts 0.25 cubic feet of waste from landfills per 60-pound bag of material. Each bag of material achieves a compressive strength of 3,500 psi in 28 days, meeting ASTM C 387 performance requirements. It is suitable for general concrete work. 800.282.5828. www.quikrete.com.
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    Kenmore. The 4.2-cubic-foot-capacity SteamCare washer features Smart Motion technology, a direct-drive motor that creates a customized blend of five wash motions to custom clean each garment type. The Energy Star-qualified unit also includes a Cold Clean cycle that cleans as effectively as warm-water cycles, a Steam Care Generator that helps deep clean and helps refresh clothes, a Kids Wear cycle, and a Stain Treat option. The companion SteamCare dryer offers a 7.4-cubic-foot capacity and includes a Steam Refresh cycle to relax wrinkles and reduce odors in 20 minutes, a Static Shield option, and Sensor Dry technology that detects moisture for accurate drying times. 888.536.6673. www.kenmore.com.
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    Owens Corning. Developed to meet the demands of extreme environments, Innovision windows feature the industry’s first a fully bonded frame and sash without mechanical fasteners, the maker says. A high-impact structural mull adhesive is injected into the frame and sash corners to create a permanent, air- and water-tight joint for long-term stability and performance. Innovision windows deliver design pressure ratings of up to 142.5. Energy-efficiency options are available, including glazing packages that include multiple low-E coatings, inert gas, and solar-reflective Heat Mirror film. Suitable for residential or commercial installations, Innovision windows are eligible for federal tax credits of 30% up to $1,500 when used residentially. 800.438.7465. www.ocinnovision.com.
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    Gaco Western. HFC-blown 184 BIO spray-foam insulation is derived from naturally renewable oils, post-consumer recycled plastics, and pre-consumer recycled materials. The Class I fire-rated foam offers an average R-value of 6.2 per inch, the firm says, and can reduce a home’s carbon footprint by up to 13 percent per year. 800.331.0196. www.gaco.com.
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    Panasonic. Available for spot or continuous ventilation, the WhisperGreen-Lite FV-08VKML2 vent fan offers variable-speed control from 0 to 80 cfm, a delay timer, and a SmartAction Motion Sensor, which activates when a person enters the room and returns to a pre-set lower speed when they depart. Designed for 4-inch ducts, the fan operates at less than 0.3 sones and includes two 18-watt CFL bulbs and a 4-watt nightlight bulb. The unit is Energy Star-rated and HVI-certified. 866.292.7292. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.
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    Ply Gem. The manufacturer has expanded its Mira Premium Series aluminum-clad window line to include extended eyebrow, quarter eyebrow, half round, and quarter half round in operating and stationary options. Each style will be available in eight clad colors with the same hardware and grille options offered in the existing collection. Low-E glass and argon fills help the units meet Energy Star thermal requirements in all climate zones. 919.677.3900. www.plygemwindows.com.
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    Leviton. Among the company’s latest Decora timer switches is a five-button switch and a 24-hour switch. The five-button switch, featuring four preset time buttons and an off button, offers 15-minute, 30-minute, 60-minute, two-hour, and 12-hour options. This unit is ideal for heat lamps, hot tubs, and attic and exhaust fans. The Vizia+ 24-hour timer switch, designed for indoor and outdoor lighting, allow for programming of days, weekdays, weekends, or a combination; its astronomical clock adjusts to sunrise/sunset times. 800.323.8920. www.leviton.com.

A down market hasn’t stopped building product manufacturers from launching a number of new products—including a handful of green wares—in time for next week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Here are 15 introductions that contribute to a high-performing, eco-friendly home.

Check back during and after the event for additional coverage of product introductions and educational sessions.