New and Notable Building Products

Centor Architectural. The S1E retractable screening system combines the company’s insect screen with a privacy blind. For summer days, the blind can be pulled out to block solar heat gain; in winter, it can help retain the home’s heat at night. The shade, made of tightly woven PVC fiberglass mesh, is available in privacy or shade fabrics for varying levels of translucence. The screen and blind slide horizontally along separate tracks; a shock-absorption system prevents the screens from being damaged if a person or pet walk into them. 866.255.0008.

Sustainable solutions International. WaterSense-certified Fluid bathroom fixtures operate at 1.5 gpm. The seven-line collection includes Swing, which boasts an undulating form; Fan, Asian-inspired units with a fan-shaped waterfall-like spout; bird-like Toucan; and Sublime (shown), which is reminiscent of a rainbow. Complementary accessories are available. 800.460.7019.

Gerber. The WaterSense-labeled Avalanche 1.28-gpf toilet features the XP3 flushing system, which the firm says clears the bowl quickly and efficiently. The unit includes a 3-inch flush valve; a large water surface; a slim-line tank; and a color-matched, side-mounted lever. It comes in white or biscuit and is available in an ErgoHeight option. 866.538.5536.

Kirei. Coco tiles are made with reclaimed coconut shells, low-VOC resins, and a sustainably harvested wood backer. Tiles in the Sumatra collection feature a variety of styles and textures that can lend a tropical look or a modern feel. They can be used for a range of applications, including walls, millwork, flooring, and cabinetry. 619.236.9924.

Kohler. The company’s first one-piece, single-flush high-efficiency toilet, the Archer uses 1.28 gpf and includes Class 5 flushing technology, which features a 3 1/4-inch flush valve and an efficient, direct-fed jet to maximize water flow. The transitional design boasts beveled edges and a curved base. 800.456.4537.

MonierLifetile. The company has added three new colors—goldenrod, Charleston, and dunes tan—to its line of concrete roof tiles that exceed LEED requirements for a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 29. The color-through tiles resist surface damage and degradation, the company says. The three colors are available in a Del Sol custom blend (shown). 800.571.8453.

Rinnai. The company’s new condensing tankless water heaters offer the continuous hot water of a traditional tankless unit with even greater energy savings: The Energy Star–qualified units operate at 95% thermal efficiency, according to the company. The water heaters feature two commercial-grade heat exchangers; a concentric venting design provides for better safety and easier installation. Four models are available. 866.746.6241.

Sea Gull Lighting. Powered by JuiceWorks LED lighting technology, these surface-mount fixtures use 15 watts—consuming 85% less energy than incandescent fixtures and 40% less energy than equivalent CFLs—while delivering 40 lumens per watt, says the firm. The light offers smooth dimming down to 10%. A retrofit version is available, allowing users to convert existing recessed lighting to LED. 800.347.5483.

DeepRoot Partners. The Silva Cell modular system holds soil for tree growth and stormwater management while supporting paved surfaces. The system holds 10 cubic feet of soil per unit, protecting tree roots from compaction and providing room for stormwater infiltration and surrounding utilities. The 48-by-24-by-16-inch fiberglass and polypropylene cells have galvanized steel supports and can be stacked up to three cells high and laterally as wide as necessary before the decking is attached. 800.458.7668.

Smith and Fong. Sideways, the company’s first line of engineered hardwood flooring, is available in indigenous American species of maple, beech, birch, cherry, and hackberry. The pre-finished flooring is urea formaldehyde–free, California Section 01350–compliant, and FSC-certified. The click-lock planks measure 5/8 inch by 5 inches by 47 1/2 inches. 866.835.9859.

Terra Legno. The Fumato Soppalco line of FSC- and SFI-certified engineered wood flooring includes Aztec silver (shown), Mayan gold, and Inca bronze. The flooring has a micro-bevel edge, is 9/16 inch thick, and comes in three widths and random and fixed lengths. 800.393.7424.

Toto. The single-function Lloyd Square rain showerhead provides an immersive experience while using only 1.75 gpm, the company says. The fixture, available in an 8-inch or a 10-inch model, features a sleek, contemporary look that coordinates with the company’s other bath and lavatory faucets. It comes in polished chrome. 888.295.8134.

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.

Woodharbor. CastPointe frameless cabinetry is crafted with Environmentally Preferred Products made from 100% recycled material and compliant with California CARB regulations for formaldehyde emissions. The cabinetry is available with a low-VOC, formaldehyde-free topcoat available in 38 spray stain color combinations and 32 spray stain/glaze color combinations. 641.423.0444.

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