2014 Professional Builder 100 Best New Products

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August 20, 2014

In the past 12 months, building product manufacturers introduced a vast number of new products, many of which were featured in the pages of Professional Builder. Our readers, through responses and inquiries, selected these standouts as the 100 Best New Products. We grouped the winning products into the following categories for your convenience:

Featuring products from Masonite, Kolbe, Hy-Lite, Andersen, Milgard, Marvin, Simpson Door, Western Window Systems, Simonton, Pella, Therma-Tru, Silver Line, Jeld-Wen, Integrity, Plastpro, LaCantina, and PPG Industries
 
Featuring products from James Hardie, LP Building Products, Progressive Foam Technologies, Behr, GAF, Versatex, Fypon, The Tapco Group, ODL, Eldorado Stone, Ply Gem, Royal Building Products, and Nichiha USA
 
Featuring products from Axor, Duravit, Moen, Grohe, Tyco, American Standard, Gerber, Sherwin-Williams, Danze, Kohler, Armstrong, Daltile, Thermador, Bosch, Sterling, TOTO, Amerock, Delta, Gaggenau, Electrolux, and Wolf Appliance
 
Featuring products from Cypress Wood & Lumber, MoistureShield, Osmose Inc., Viance, Wolf Decking, Trex, TimberTech, Danver, Quikrete, Walpole, Progress Lighting, Fiberon, TRUE, Coyote Outdoor Living, AZEK, and Duradek
 
Featuring products from Tremco, BASF, Simpson Strong-Tie, CalStar, CertainTeed, Fomo, Kleer Lumber, Icynene, DuPont, Owens Corning, Sto Corp., Johns Manville, Huber Engineered Woods, DAP, OSI, and Boral Bricks
 
Featuring products from Generac, Chief Architect, Velux, MaxLite, Noritz, SFA Saniflo, Panasonic Ventilation, Renewability Energy, Rinnai, Sea Gull Lighting, GE, Warmup, Heat & Glo, Legrand, Geberit, and Honeywell
 

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Windows & Doors

 

Masonite Hamel Door

 
Part of Masonite’s West End Collection, this interior door complements the collection’s contemporary style. Doors are offered in 80- and 84-inch variations, along with matching bi-fold doors. All variations feature a primed hardboard finish that can be painted to fit any color scheme. Masonite also offers an eco-friendly Safe ‘N Sound Emerald door option, with a core made of rapidly renewable wheat straw.
 

Kolbe VistaLuxe Collection

 
This window product line from Kolbe was designed in collaboration with architects to emphasize clean, modern design. Available in a smoothly aligned Flush style or setback Accent style, all VistaLuxe windows sport narrow frames to optimize daylighting and maximize viewing areas. Models include casements, awnings, direct set windows, inswing and outswing doors, and matching transoms.
 

Hy-Lite Privacy Windows

 
These acrylic block windows from Hy-Lite offer all of the privacy of traditional glass block windows with the functionality of an operable window. The collection includes casement, awning, single-hung, and slider models. Hy-Lite also offers triple-paned, decorative glass privacy casements and awning windows that come pre-framed in energy-efficient all-vinyl frames. For further energy-efficiency benefits, the Sunblock Plus model is also available, which helps regulate temperature in the home.
 

Andersen Smart Locks for Windows

 
Equipped with Honeywell’s Verilock sensor technology in the frame, this series of windows from Andersen will alert homeowners if they are opened or closed, locked, or unlocked. The windows are also programmed to automatically close when it rains. Andersen offers smart window technology on its Eagle Axiom casement and awning windows, Talon double-hung windows, and Ascent hinged French patio doors and sliding patio doors.
 

Milgard Moving Glass Wall Systems

 
Twelve standard sizes are available for this moving glass wall system from Milgard that brings high-end luxury to the average homeowner. Available in three- and four-panel configurations, panels are easier to open than similar systems thanks to tandem stainless steel ball-bearing rollers. All models feature a fully weather-stripped structural interlock system and Milgard SunCoatMax specialty glass coating for improved energy efficiency. A variety of aluminum colors are available with the option of clear vertical grain Douglas fir or pine interiors.
 

Marvin Automated Exterior Shades

 
These programmable shades from Marvin are fully integrated into the window frame, maintaining the exterior aesthetic and full views from the inside. Homeowners can program the shades to sync with timed events, letting in the ideal amount of light at all times for lighting, heating, and privacy purposes. The system is compatible with Marvin’s sliding and swinging windows, with a retractable louvered screen for solar control and natural ventilation, or a more traditional slatted model. Nineteen colors are offered to match all standard Marvin clad colors.
 

Simpson Artist Collection Doors

 
These wood exterior doors were crafted in partnership between Simpson Door and select architects to offer a contemporary look for a home’s entry area. The latest set was developed by James L. Cutler, recipient of six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and more than 40 national and regional design awards. All Artist Collection doors come with a wide range of glass options.
 

Western Window Systems Series 9500 Bi-Fold Door

 
Western Window Systems added this popular door style to its Volume Program in 2014, making it widely available for large home builders. All Series 9500 doors are made of thermally broken, recycled aluminum and dual-pane glass. Narrow door stiles allow for more glass space and therefore better views to the exterior. The locking system is integrated directly into the door stile, further enhancing the clean, contemporary look. A variety of high-quality finishes are available.
 

Simonton Reflections 5500 Vinyl Windows

 
The Reflections 5500 series of vinyl windows from Simonton comes standard with ProSolar low-E glass and argon gas fill. High-performance options include a triple-pane insulating glass unit and ProSolar Shade low-E glass. The windows can also be customized with Simonton’s Decorum features, which incorporate exterior colors like Brick, Bronze, Chocolate, Cream, Driftwood, Pine, and Tan, as well as interior wood grains such as Antique Cherry, Contemporary Oak, and Maple. Premium hardware finish options include Brushed Nickel, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Dark Bronze, and Polished Brass.
 

Marvin Ultimate Casement Window

 
Marvin’s Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)-certified window is available with tripane glass in a 13/8-inch profile, or quad glazing with Heat Mirror technology in a 1-inch profile. The tripane boasts a U-value of 0.18 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.349; the quad glazing version features a 0.19 U-value and 0.349 SHGC. Marvin offers six wood species options, nine factory-applied interior stain and paint finishes, and 19 standard exterior clad colors.
 

Pella 250 Series Vinyl Window

 
This product line from Pella Windows and Doors includes energy-efficient options that meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines in all 50 states. Advanced low-E insulating double-pane glass comes standard in the 250 series—a natural choice, especially for climates with hot and cold weather extremes. These versatile vinyl windows are available in popular single-hung, double-hung, and sliding styles; and as an option, argon can be inserted into the space between glass panes to enhance energy efficiency.
 

Therma-Tru Fiber-Classic Mahogany Collection

 
Therma-Tru has expanded this growing product line with on-trend door styles to satisfy today’s homeowners. New doors and sidelights include deep mahogany graining and high-definition panel embossments that are designed to complement rich wood tones in the home’s interior, extending the hardwood look to entry, patio, house-to-garage, and service doors. The expansion also introduces the mahogany grain to the Therma-Tru vented sidelight offering.
 

Silver Line Impact Resistant Weather Stopper

 
Silver Line has introduced an improved line of windows and patio doors designed to withstand unique coastal weather conditions and help protect homes built at or near the shoreline from the destructive forces of a hurricane and other severe weather. Available immediately, Silver Line’s coastal windows and patio doors are specially designed and engineered to endure the elements, and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Silver Line is an extension of Andersen Windows.
 

Jeld-Wen Architectural Fiberglass Door

 
For all of its fiberglass doors, Jeld-Wen now incorporates Neopor, an exclusive technology from BASF that has advantages over the industry-standard urethane core. Neopor is graphite-infused polystyrene that delivers increased energy efficiency thanks to a high-purity graphite that reflects and absorbs radiant energy. The Architectural Fiberglass door—made from a mold taken from a real wood door—features an authentic wood-grain pattern and comes in a variety of wood species and designs.
 

Integrity All Ultrex Round Tops

 
Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors now offers a wider range of shapes and sizes in its All Ultrex line, including True-Half Above Springline, Eyebrow Above Springline, and Special Size Round Tops. The recent additions feature proprietary glass reinforced composite material that provides complementary performance to Ultrex—particularly Integrity’s patented finish technology—while allowing for radius bends. Integrity also is enhancing the new Round Top offerings with a variety of new grilles-between-the-glass light cuts, including starburst and rectangular configurations.
 

Plastpro Modern Door Series

 
This modern door collection from Plastpro Inc. combines contemporary composition with quality construction to offer building professionals and homeowners stylish new options for fiberglass doors. The doors feature flush-glazed profiles to create a true modern look with no unsightly screw holes. Sealed on all six sides with composite material, the doors also have a HydroShield Technology moisture barrier and are energy efficient.
 

LaCantina Multi-Slide Doors

 
These doors from LaCantina Doors feature the signature narrow stile and rail profiles used in the company’s folding doors. High-quality, custom-engineered hardware and AAMA-certified wheels allow for a uniform, symmetrical low profile bottom rail. LaCantina also incorporated a built-in self-drainage weep system, robust panel widths, and wheels that support heavier weights, as well as weather-resistant and flush sill options, minimal one-piece handle and lock with exterior key, and an advanced seal system, all backed by a 10-year warranty.
 

PPG Solarban 60 Low-E Glass

 
Solarban 60 glass from PPG Industries has a proven ability to deliver value and performance by allowing more daylight in, making living spaces more inviting and energy efficient. The advanced low-E coating of Solarban 60 glass transmits more than 70 percent of the sun’s available light into a home while blocking 79 percent of the sun’s damaging UV energy and other contributors to fading—in all, 24 percent better than standard clear insulating glass. This helps to protect interior furnishings, fabrics, and carpets.
 
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Exterior Products

 

James Hardie 5" Exposure HardieShingle

 
These 5” exposure HardieShingle straight-edge panels and individual shingles with ColorPlus Technology from James Hardie Building Products can help achieve a distinctive Eastern white cedar shingle look while capitalizing on the long-lasting, low-maintenance benefits of a complete James Hardie fiber cement exterior. HardieShingle siding is backed by James Hardie’s standard 30-year non-prorated product warranty; plus, superior finish performance with ColorPlus Technology is backed by a 15-year limited finish warranty.
 

LP SmartSide Prefinished Siding

 
LP Building Products has reinforced the availability of prefinished LP SmartSide siding in a new standard color palette as well as unique regional custom colors. To support this initiative, LP announced the new LP Preferred Prefinisher Network. The companies in this network offer a minimum palette of 12 standard colors and a minimum 15-year finish warranty with a labor component covering the first five years. Additional premium colors and finishes may be offered in various markets.
 

PFT LineBacker Siding Insulation

 
Progressive Foam Technologies has launched LineBacker Siding Insulation, the energy-saving thermal break that improves the appearance of siding in two ways—by leveling the wall under the siding, and by providing parallel guides or ledges for each plank to stop up against for nailing. LineBacker can be paired with any plank-style siding such as fiber cement and composite wood. This new siding insulation combats thermal bridging by keeping heat where it belongs and making the existing cavity insulation more effective.
 

Behr Marquee Exterior Paint and Primer

 
Marquee Exterior is a stain-blocking paint and primer that features Behr’s most advanced dirt and fade protection technology. It creates a tough, non-stick surface that resists dirt, along with advanced fade protection for longer-lasting color. The result is a paint finish that looks freshly painted longer, even under severe weather conditions. It also provides a mildew resistant finish and stands up to rain as early as 60 minutes after application, as well as providing exceptional gloss retention.
 

GAF Solar Roof Vent

 
The Master Flow Green Machine High-Power Solar Roof Vent features a 750 CFM max airflow that provides up to 50 percent more airflow than competitively priced solar vents. Impact-resistant construction helps this product withstand hail and foreign objects, and a standard six-year limited warranty with three-year Labor Protection Plus gives contractors and homeowners peace of mind. GAF is offering two models: a solar-powered model and a dual-powered version that switches automatically between solar and house power for 24/7 cooling.
 

Versatex Max 2x Trimboard

 
This trimboard product is similar to the Versatex Max extruded cellular PVC sheet, offering the convenience of dimensional lumber with different widths for easier handling. With board sizes of 2 x 8 inches, 2 x 10 inches, and 2 x 12 inches, the product is ideal for laminated pergola beams, custom moldings, corbels, spindles, and other fabricated items. Initially, Versatex Max 2x Trimboard will be sold in 18-foot lengths with a smooth finish only.
 

Fypon PUR Window and Door Trim

 
Fypon polyurethane window and door trim can be used on both the interior and exterior of homes, and in commercial projects. Available in a wide range of styles and sizes, the weather-resistant pieces are easy to paint, stain, and maintain. This closed-cell product is resistant to moisture and insects as well as rotting, warping, cracking, and peeling. Fypon trim pieces are pre-primed, lightweight, and easy to install.
 

InSpire Aledora Slate Roofing

 
Thick slate is one of the most desired roofing styles today, but many homeowners and contractors shy away from real slate due to its high cost, weight, and upkeep. InSpire Aledora Slate Roofing from The Tapco Group offers the look of genuine slate at a more economical price, lighter weight, and virtually no maintenance. All Aledora 12-inch tiles feature irregular edges, which are crisp and rugged for a natural look, and can be nailed by hand or nail gun.
 

ODL Tubular Skylights

 
ODL Inc.’s Tubular Skylights now come in a model with 98-percent reflective mirror interiors to allow more natural light into interior spaces. Available in both 10- and 14-inch widths, they can be easily installed between roof rafters without framing, drywalling, painting, or construction. Kits include the Solar Lens Roof Dome, leak-proof roof flashing, adjustable skylight tubes, mirror finish tubs, ceiling trim ring, and low-profile lens diffuser.
 

Eldorado Stone Whiskey Creek

 
Eldorado Stone’s architectural stone veneer now comes in a Mountain Ledge Panel profile that emulates hand-laid and dry-stacked stone. They are precast as a panel system with 8-to-12-inch-long panels to facilitate ease of installation. The newest color, Whiskey Creek, adds a deeper and bolder color palette to the line. It has deep charcoal tones and hints of burgundy, oak, and rust, and is perfect for dark accents, a rustic look, and a more masculine design option.
 

Ply Gem Durata Mortarless Stone

 
This mortarless stone veneer from Ply Gem accents exterior siding, outdoor living spaces, and interior areas. An interlocking panel system allows easy, quick installation with less mess than traditional stone applications. No wire, lath, or mortar is required, and Durata is lightweight enough to install without ledges, footing, or wall ties. The unique shape conceals seams and reduces the chances of expansion and cracking. Two colors are offered: Shenandoah and Antigo.
 

Royal Conceal Trim System

 
With this three-piece trim system from Royal Building Products, homeowners get the aesthetic benefits of wood with none of the drawbacks. The Corner Board makes use of Royal’s hidden fastening system for a clean seamless appearance in 10- or 20-foot lengths. The Skirt Board features a built-in drip edge that keeps rainwater from dripping onto the siding. The Standard Trim is specifically for use around windows and doors. All pieces use closed-cell technology for clean surfaces and true square edges for easy installation.
 

Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake

 
Improved, prefinished Sierra Premium Shake siding from Nichiha USA boasts a rich variegated look with deeply defined grooves and keyways for an authentic appearance. At 1/2-inch, Sierra Premium Shake is thicker than most fiber cement shake products, providing depth and shadows that portray the look of real wood shake. Nichiha has partnered with PPG to offer progressive finish options for Sierra Premium Shake that are engineered with enhanced pigments to provide long-lasting color, better durability, and a consistent appearance.
 
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Interior Products

 

Axor Citterio M 2-Hole Kitchen Faucet

 
The Axor Citterio M 2-Hole kitchen faucet is perfect for those looking for a highly customized setup. This faucet offers the option to freely position the handle and spout with an available extension set, allowing for a wide range of configurations depending on personal preference and desired aesthetics. The Citterio M 2-Hole also includes an M2 ceramic cartridge; ergonomic pull-down with full and needle sprays; non-locking spray diverter; MagFit magnetic spray head docking; and 150-degree swivel spout.
 

Duravit DuraStyle Wall-Hung Toilet

 
The DuraStyle wall-hung toilet from Duravit features an extra-flat seat available with SoftClose. The innovative rimless wall-mounted toilet ensures short cleaning time and optimum hygiene, and its new flushing technology guarantees exceptional results even with small amounts of water. DuraStyle is WaterSense-approved and allows for an effective 1.1 gpf. The toilet can be customized to sit between 15” and 19” to comply with ADA requirements and is available in depths ranging from compact (191/8”) to standard (215/8”) to elongated (243/8”).
 

Moen STo Kitchen Faucet

 
One of the most distinctive elements of Moen’s STo kitchen faucet is the innovative, integrated pull-down wand that neatly docks inside the spout. The two-function wand still provides all of the functionality and ease-of-use of a traditional pull-down wand, yet its enclosed design enables it to have a more streamlined appearance. Available in both single-handle pull-down and bar/prep pull-down models, STo faucets also feature Moen’s innovative Reflex system, which offers self-retraction of the wand as well as an exceptional range of motion, generous reach, and secure docking retraction.
 

Grohe Blue Chilled & Sparkling

 
Grohe’s Blue Chilled & Sparkling combines the modern look of a designer faucet with a high-performance filter, cooler, and carbonator. The right lever on the faucet is used to mix hot and cold tap water as usual. A single turn of the left handle gives you fresh, cooled water and two settings for sparkling water. Available in Grohe StarLight chrome or SuperSteel Infinity Finish, the faucet has separate internal waterways—one for filtered water and the other for unfiltered water.
 

Tyco Concealed Sprinkler

 
The Tyco Rapid Response Flat-Plate Concealed Sprinkler can be custom painted to match a wide range of residential interior ceilings. The concealed sprinkler is ideal in any setting as Tyco is able to match it with any desired color palette. The flat profile of the cover plate provides an aesthetically appealing sprinkler design. Additionally, the concealed design offers ½-inch (12.8 mm) vertical adjustment, which provides flexibility when cutting fixed sprinkler drops.
 

American Standard ICS Sink with Selectronic IC Faucet

 
The ICS Sink with Selectronic IC Faucet was crafted to minimize splashing and create a more hygienic environment, from the sloping profile of the hand washing sink to the specially designed gooseneck faucet spout that directs the water flow to the sink’s slanted back wall, and the touchless faucet operation that eliminates contact with the faucet. American Standard’s exclusive features, such as the EverClean surface that inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface, are built into the sink system for hassle-free maintenance.
 

Gerber Allerton Toilet

 
Gerber has added several high-efficiency toilet options, all of which offer 1.28 gallons per flush, to its Allerton Collection. The new options include round front, elongated, and ErgoHeight configurations; each variation is available in 10-inch and 12-inch rough-ins. Allerton toilets are WaterSense-certified and feature a FluidMaster 400A fill valve for a fast, quiet flush; a 3-inch flush valve for quick bowl clearing; dual-fed siphon jets that thoroughly clean the bowl; and a 2-inch glazed trapway.
 

Sherwin-Williams Cashmere Paint with Pearl Finish

 
Sherwin-Williams Cashmere Interior Latex Paint takes on added luster with the introduction of a pearl finish. Available exclusively for Cashmere Paint, the pearl finish is now available in Sherwin-Williams stores along with an expanded color selection in the Cashmere line that includes deep colors and accents. The pearl sheen adds a subtle shimmer to Cashmere paint that is not as shiny as semi-gloss—it is midway between flat and eggshell—for a lustrous finishing touch.
 

Danze Antioch Pull-Out Faucet

 
The Antioch Pull-Out faucet from Danze features a 7-inch-high spout and 93/4-inch spout length—a design statement for any main sink or island setting. This product also includes a ceramic disc valve, two-function spray/aerated stream, and a quiet-running hose with retraction. It operates at a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gpm at 60 psi and meets the low-lead requirements of California and Vermont. The Antioch Pull-Out is available in three finishes: Chrome, Stainless Steel, and Tumbled Bronze.
 

Kohler Artifacts Collection

 
Homeowners can customize their own faucets with three spouts and three handles to choose from in this collection from Kohler. All pieces sport a traditional, turn-of-the-century look, but can be placed in traditional, transitional, or modern bathrooms. Kohler offers 15 accessories to complement the line, including a tumbler, soap dispenser, and toilet-paper carriage. Five different finishes are available.
 

Armstrong Easy Elegance Coffered Ceiling Panels

 
The classic coffered design of these rigid PVC panels from Armstrong provides a decorative ceiling option at a fraction of the cost of custom ceiling work. The easy-to-install panels fit into a standard 24-inch-by-24-inch suspension system, and can be installed in an existing ceiling grid or as part of a new suspended ceiling installation. Panels are moisture-, mold-, and mildew-resistant, and maintenance-free. They are offered in black and white but can be painted to match any decor.
 

Daltile ColorBody Porcelain

 
Daltile has added three collections of ColorBody Porcelain tiles. Imagica is inspired by modern architecture and European design, emulating stained concrete, stone, and fabric in neutral colors. Exhibition offers an intricate linen fabric visual or a sleek cement look for rich aesthetics in warm and cool colors. Pietra Jura mirrors the natural beauty of limestone in three neutral colors, with long-lasting durability suited for high-traffic spaces and exteriors.
 

Thermador Built-in Steam and Convection Oven

 
The newest addition to the Thermador Professional Series of appliances combines the benefits of steam cooking with traditional true convection baking in one appliance. Forty EasyCook automatic food programs are included as well as 10 advanced cooking modes, a meat probe, and a cookbook with more than 80 recipes. The oven itself features a 43-ounce water reservoir and a 1.4-cubic-foot cavity. A full-text user interface is featured.
 

Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher 

 
The flagship of the Bosch dishwasher line is the quietest dishwasher in North America at 38 dBA. It features a flexible third rack with alternating folding tines and adjustable wings for convenient loading. Piezo steel touch controls create a sleek design aesthetic. Other features include the 24/7 AquaStop for leak protection, Rackmatic height-adjustable rack, and a TFT display to check cycle status in high-definition color and receive maintenance information.
 

Sterling Ensemble Medley Bath/Shower

 
This bath/shower unit from Sterling is made of modular panels connected with Dry-Block seal; no caulk is needed. The entire unit is made of Vikrell, Sterling’s exclusive long-lasting, stain- and scratch-resistant material that is easy to clean and won’t chip or fade. Abundant shelving and a unique channeled water containment system to prevent leaks are also featured. Available sizes include 60 x 30 inches and 60 x 32 inches; colors include White and Kohler Biscuit.
 

TOTO Keane Faucet Collection

 
This collection from TOTO can be employed in traditional, transitional, or contemporary bath décor. The lavatory faucet is available in a widespread or single-lever option, with preassembled handles as part of the widespread configuration. Forged brass construction valves with ceramic disk cartridges improve longevity as well as temperature and flow control. The WaterSense-labeled faucet consumes just 1.5 gpm. The Keane Collection also includes a tub filler, tub spout with diverter, and shower trim.
 

Amerock Cabinet Hardware

 
Five Amerock hardware collections—consisting of cabinet pulls and knobs—are now available in the new Venetian Bronze finish, a rich dark brown hue with a hint of burgundy and subtle copper undertones. The new finish is available across all styles in the Candler, Mulholland, and Revitalize collections, and select styles in Inspirations and Allison Value.
 

Delta Temp2O Technology

 
Delta Faucet unveils its latest bathroom innovation with Temp2O Technology, a digital temperature display featuring LED color indicators to signal different water temperature ranges for easy, visual indication. Handshowers, showerheads, and tub showers with Temp2O Technology indicate temperatures below 80°F in blue; 80°F to approximately 110°F in magenta; and temperatures greater than 110°F in red. All bath solutions with this technology flow at a rate of 2.0 rpm and are WaterSense labeled, providing 20-to-40 percent water savings.
 

Gaggenau Vario 400 Series Modular Refrigeration

 
Professional chefs know there are great differences in how food needs to be stored. This Gaggenau refrigeration series is the first modular system made from fully integrated built-in appliances and includes refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations, and wine storage units. The interiors of all appliances are fully lined in stainless steel and door bins are made from solid aluminum. The entire interior area is generous and brightly lit thanks to LED lighting pillars harmoniously integrated on the sidewall.
 

Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch Controls

 
This dishwasher from Electrolux gives customers professional-level results at home by combining a variety of leading innovations for superior performance. The company has adapted its professional-grade technologies to provide consumers with features such as a SatelliteSpray Arm that ensures four times more water coverage than a traditional dishwasher, luxury soft-grip racks that hold plastics and dishware in place to prevent flipping, a third level rack with convenient space for unique kitchen tools, and the industry’s fastest wash cycle at 30 minutes.
 

Wolf Gourmet

 
Wolf Appliance has developed a line of luxury countertop kitchen appliances and kitchen tools in collaboration with Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. This premium line of products is positioned to complement Wolf appliances in the kitchen and maintains the company’s high standards of quality, state-of-the-art technology, and thoughtful and innovative design. Wolf Gourmet promises many years of enjoyment for discerning customers who are passionate about cooking and want to achieve delicious results.
 
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Outdoor Living

 

Cypress Wood Decking

 
Kiln-dried Cypress Wood & Lumber decking is durable, smooth to the touch, and more stable than pine. The company dries cypress down to a moisture content of 10-to-12 percent in a kiln, so the shrinkage occurs before the wood is processed into a finished product. This decking has rounded edges unless otherwise specified, and is available in 3-, 5-, and 7-inch widths and thicknesses of 7/8, 11/4, and 11/2 inches.
 

MoistureShield ChoiceDek Railing

 
MoistureShield offers this take on classic wood deck speed railings, now in a composite format. Railing accessories are available (exclusively at Lowe’s) in prepackaged kits; completion of a 6-foot section of railing requires one Speed Rail Kit, one Baluster Kit, and a pair each of post sleeves, post caps, and post collars. Post elements are sold individually. Available colors include Beach House Gray, Harvest Brown, and Coastal Redwood.
 

MicroPro Sienna Pressure-Treated Wood

 
These pressure-treated wood panels from Osmose Inc. are low-VOC and achieve the look of real cedar through MicroPro Sienna’s patented wood preservative process. No staining is required but homeowners can change the color if they so choose at a later date. Boards can be used for decking, fencing, landscaping, railings, lattice, and other outdoor projects.
 

Viance Ecolife

 
Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood by Viance offers improved durability over other treated lumber products, including a 50-percent reduction in surface cracking and checking. Users do not have to apply water repellent immediately after installation, and can wait up to three years to do so. Designed for above-ground applications, Ecolife is less corrosive to building code-approved fasteners and can be used in direct contact with aluminum, even in continuously wet applications.
 

Wolf PVC Decking

 
Wolf’s extensive line of PVC decking is now available in nine colors across four collections. The newest is the Island Collection, a color palette that includes Light Garapa, Ipe, Coastal Grey, and Mahogany. All boards are highly moisture-resistant and engineered for high durability and UV resistance. They are also protected against mold, mildew, rot, staining, scratching, warping, and splitting. No special tools are needed for installation; boards are compatible with both traditional and hidden fastening systems.
 

Trex Spiral Stairs

 
This spiral staircase line is designed to work in tandem with other pre-existing Trex decking and railing systems to create one system. A lip-up tread design ensures space between the risers does not exceed 4 inches. The LED-dimmable Trex DeckLighting system can be added for style and safety. Galvanized steel and aluminum models are offered in addition to the traditional composite option. A total of 12 customizable options are available.
 

TimberTech Legacy Collection

 
The Legacy Collection is the latest update to TimberTech’s Earthwood Evolutions line of capped composite decking, designed to bring the indoor look of hand-scraped wood to the outside. Three distinct colors are available: Mocha (a deep, rich walnut color); Pecan (a warm reddish-brown to complement brick or stone); and Tigerwood (a blend of dark and light shades to emulate ipe, a tropical rainforest hardwood). Sizes include 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths with color-coordinated fascia and risers.
 

Danver Outdoor Kitchen Finishes

 
Danver now offers custom painted color options and powder-coat painted wood finishes for its stainless steel indoor/outdoor kitchens, including doors and drawer fronts. Dozens of finish combinations are available to fit any style and décor. The stainless steel construction makes the entire line of products virtually maintenance-free.
 

Quikrete Concrete Etching Stain

 
Quikrete’s Concrete Etching Stain transforms plain concrete into a marble-like appearance with warm earth tones and unique shading. It permanently stains concrete in one step with a unique, decorative, multi-toned appearance. Available colors include Tan, Coffee, Black, English Red, and Olive. Each gallon covers between 200 and 400 square feet depending on surface porosity. It’s ideal for interior rooms, patios, porches, and driveways.
 

Walpole Cellular PVC Railing

 
Landscape architects and builders can help clients define their outdoor living rooms with the Walpole cellular PVC railing system. The systems are available pre-assembled in three standard styles—Pendleton, Jamestown, and Estate Classic—or they can be customized. They feature smooth, seamless top rails and will never peel, rot, or split. Customers may select from an unlimited palette of Sherwin-Williams paint colors that are backed by a 25-year warranty.
 

Progress Lighting Outdoor Lamps

 
Progress Lighting has unveiled four outdoor collections. The Loyal classic lantern family features clear seeded glass with inside-etched detailing, and a graphite powder-coat finish over a cast aluminum-frame cross. The Rush family of wall lanterns features etched opal glass that is suspended by linear accents and is available in an antique bronze finish. The Scope lantern collection features traditional, rustic detailing and etched opal glass and antique bronze finish. Via modern lanterns have nautical overtones and feature a black finish paired with etched opal glass.
 

Fiberon Good Life Decking

 
With its Good Life decking line, Fiberon is providing the benefits of low-maintenance decking at a price closer to wood. The decking has a durable, protective three-sided capped surface that is stain- and fade-resistant. It resists mold and mildew and is made of an industry-leading composite technology that will not rot, warp, or splinter. The decking is easy to clean and has a 25-year performance, stain, and fade limited warranty. It is prefinished in three rich, solid colors: Cabin (brown), Cottage (gray), and Villa (cedar).
 

TRUE Beverage Dispenser

 
This beverage dispenser uses exclusive airflow technology from TRUE to deliver a frosty and refreshing beverage every time. Patented TriLumina LED lighting allows you to choose from white, amber, or blue with the push of a button and allows consistent illumination throughout the interior. The TrueFlex shelving system allows the system to be converted into a beverage center, wine cabinet, or all refrigerator. The dispenser is available in right or left hinge and stainless steel door or solid panel ready models. The 24 Series models are available in single tap or dual tap.
 

Coyote Grill in a Box

 
The Two Burner Grill and Grill in a Box from Coyote Outdoor Living is a compact professional grill that is great for smaller homes and apartments. It features interior hood lights and improved heat control grids. This 304-grade stainless steel grill is available as a preassembled Grill in a Box or as a grill head only.
 

AZEK Paver Profiles

 
AZEK Pavers has added three products to its lineup. The 8-by-8-inch standard paver answers growing trends toward larger paver aesthetics and multi-sized paver patterns. The resurfacing Bullnose paver provides a rounded-finish perimeter edge to any paver. The resurfacing Transition paver has a slanted edge that acts as a mini ramp to transition from the paver height down to the level of the ground, substructure, or walkway. The 8-by-8-inch and Bullnose pavers are now available in Redwood, Boardwalk, Village, Olive, and Waterwheel. The Transition paver is available in Redwood.
 

Duradek Graphite Ultra Cork

 
Duradek is offering a new color in its Ultra Cork line of 60-mil vinyl walkable roofing membrane. Ultra Cork is now available in Graphite in addition to Natural, Espresso, and Macchiato colors. Ultra Cork emulates a natural-looking cork pattern for a look that suggests subtle, comfortable luxury.
 
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Structural/Insulation/Housewrap

 

Tremco Enviro-Dri Weather-Resistant Barrier System

 
The Enviro-Dri Weather-Resistant Barrier System from Tremco Barrier Solutions is a fully and permanently adhered liquid membrane applied directly to the sheathing on new homes. The product blocks the passage of liquid moisture through the home’s sheathing while allowing moisture trapped within the walls to escape. Enviro-Dri is an excellent barrier to air infiltration, outperforming housewraps in preventing the entry of uncontrolled moisture into—and air leakage through—the sheathing system and wall cavities of a new house.
 

BASF Platinum CI Exterior Cladding System

 
The Platinum CI Exterior Cladding System from BASF features Neopor advanced insulation technology with graphite embedded in the polymer mix. Graphite reflects infrared energy, decreasing the material’s thermal conductivity and increasing its R-value. Platinum CI utilizes a specially selected density (1.45 pcf) of Neopor boards (available in R-5, R-7, and R-10) to optimize thermal performance, improve impact resistance, and ensure energy code compliance. Integrated system components include reinforced air/water-resistive barrier, adhesive, insulation board, reinforced base coat, and 100-percent acrylic polymer finish.
 

Simpson Strong-Tie PPBZ Porch Post Base

 
The PPBZ Porch Post Base from Simpson Strong-Tie eliminates the need for temporary vertical support of the porch roof structure while still providing adequate safety to enable full access for installers and inspectors. Unlike other porch post bases, the PPBZ is installed once and supports permanent porch framing throughout all stages of construction. The porch base is fastened to the footing when framing the porch roof, enabling the concrete contractor to complete the last phase of the porch slab without interference.
 

CalStar Engineer Brick

 
CalStar has developed a patent-pending formula and manufacturing process to make a better and more sustainable brick. With no firing and no Portland cement, CalStar’s process consumes 81-percent less energy and releases 84-percent less carbon dioxide. The company also uses 37-percent post-industrial recycled material in its Engineer brick that would otherwise wind up in a landfill. The durability, low-maintenance, and in-wall performance of this product are comparable to clay brick, and it is installed exactly the same way. 
 

CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation

 
CertainTeed has issued its first Environmental Product Declaration for Sustainable Insulation, which consists of 35-percent recycled glass in addition to a plant-based binder and sand, its main raw material. A closed-loop water system helps maximize water usage at the plant, and rigorous monitoring and management of energy usage has reduced the amount of energy needed to manufacture this GreenGuard-certified product. Sustainable Insulation is available in a variety of R-values ranging from R-11 to R-38 and is designed for use in standard wood-stud and steel-frame wall and ceiling assemblies.
 

Fomo Handi-Flow Channel Fill

 
Handi-Flow Channel Fill, a product featuring Fomo’s High Flow Technology, has the ability to completely fill voids and cavities of all shapes and sizes with minimal fill points. Channel Fill offers one of the highest aged R-values in polyurethane foam, reaching an R-7.2 per-inch aged rating. This product will not settle, shrink, or expand over time like some other insulation materials, ensuring a long-lasting air seal. Channel Fill is available in both disposable and refillable sizes.
 

Kleer PVC Trim Adhesives and Sealants

 
Kleer Lumber offers a full line of sealant and adhesive products for use with its cellular PVC trim pieces. The product line includes Cellular PVC Cement for smaller, shorter-length joints; Cellular PVC Structural Sealant, ideal for filling expansion gaps and nail holes; three types of Cellular PVC Adhesive (Two Part 4-7 Minute Cure Time, Two Part 20-25 Minute Cure Time, and Two Part Laminating Adhesive); and Nail Stick, a two-part epoxy putty for filling nail holes.
 

Icynene Classic Max Insulation

 
Icynene’s Classic Max (LD-C-50v2) open-cell spray foam insulation has been approved by ICC-ES for use without an ignition barrier in residential projects, including unvented attics. This innovative product also provides superior spray performance (up to 50 percent greater yield than competitive sucrose-based formulas), superior adhesion (to substrates and to itself), drip-free application, and advanced air pocket control. Icynene Classic Max spray foam is available through select Icynene-certified dealers across the U.S.
 

DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0

 
DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0 delivers the benefits of a weather barrier along with an insulation value of R-5 in a single product that can be installed using familiar techniques similar to those for Tyvek HomeWrap. ThermaWrap helps keep air and bulk water out of walls but is breathable and allows moisture vapor to escape the wall assembly. This product is available through DuPont Tyvek distributors and dealers east of the Mississippi and will be available across the remainder of the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2014.
 

Owens Corning ProPink EcoTouch R20

 
Energy codes continue to strengthen, and now all but two climate zones require R-20 insulation in 2-by-6 wall cavities. To help builders achieve this new performance standard, Owens Corning has added an R-20 offering to its ProPink EcoTouch insulation portfolio. ProPink EcoTouch R20 features a formaldehyde-free formulation made of 99-percent recycled materials and is easy to handle and quick to install. Offered unfaced or with kraft facing, this product also displays excellent stiffness and recovery characteristics and can be cut easily for odd-shaped cavities.
 

StoGuard Applied Weather Barrier

 
Sto Corp. has launched its energy-efficient StoGuard fluid applied weather barrier to the residential market. It can be sprayed on or applied with a roller and requires no special training, reducing the risk of improper installation. No additional breathing apparatus or special handling is necessary. StoGuard does not require the use of staples, nails, or other means of attachment to adhere to the wall. In addition, it is bonded to the sheathing, does not require mechanical fastening, and will not tear, rip, or blow off during construction.
 

Johns Manville Foil-Faced Foam Sheathing

 
This rigid insulation from Johns Manville boasts an R-value of 6.5 at 1 inch, ranging up to a total R-value of 22.8. Two foil facers sit around a uniform, closed-cell, polyisocyanurate foam core that provides protection against thermal bridging and water, vapor, and air infiltration. Insulation pieces are non-corrosive and lightweight; installers can cut them with a utility knife or saw.
 

Huber ZIP System Radiant Barrier

 
Huber Engineered Woods has added its ZIP System sheathing to radiant barrier roof panels for superior strength, stiffness, moisture resistance, and heat protection. The panels block as much as 97 percent of radiant heat transfer, which can lower attic temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. Installation is quick and easy, with an instant 180-day rough dry-in. Sizes include 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, and 7/16-inch thicknesses.
 

DAP SmartBond Adhesives

 
This range of polyurethane construction adhesive foaming gel products from DAP provides eight times the coverage of standard cartridge adhesives across a wide array of applications and construction materials. DAP also boasts 25-percent faster application thanks to the aerosol distribution. Products in the line include a subfloor adhesive, subfloor gun-grade adhesive, heavy duty adhesive, landscape adhesive, and an adhesive cleaner.
 

OSI Quad Max Sealant

 
This window, door, and siding sealant from OSI offers five times stretch and 50 percent joint movement, ensuring high strength and stability even as the material expands or contracts. No primer is required for adhesion, eliminating air and moisture infiltration, even in cold and wet applications. Quad Max also boasts enhanced UV resistance, protecting against discoloration, chalking, or cracking; the sealant will cure within 24 hours and is paintable within one hour.
 

Boral Ashlar Accents

 
Boral Bricks has debuted its line of Ashlar Accents, which provide a distinctive way to transform masonry projects. Inspired by the timeless look of the Ashlar profile, these bricks are available in double-high and triple-high shapes that bond easily into existing brick designs and can be left flush for a subtle pattern or stepped out for added interest. Ashlar Accents emulate the look of natural stone while delivering on the durability, moisture resistance, and energy benefits of brick.
 
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Mechanical/Electrical/Home Technology

 

Generac PowerPact Home Backup Generator

 
PowerPact is a 7-kW automatic home backup generator from with a compact footprint. This Generac generator features a galvanneal steel enclosure and meets the National Fire Protection Association requirements for installation 18 inches or farther from a home. PowerPact targets essential circuits and automatically powers refrigerators, well pumps, and other appliances in an outage. It responds to a controller or Mobile Link, a smartphone app that lets users track maintenance needs, review running reports, and receive notification of status changes.
 

Chief Architect Premier X6

 
Chief Architect Premier is 3D architectural software for residential and light commercial design. As the user draws walls and places smart architectural objects like doors and windows, the program creates a 3D model, generates a materials list, and—with the use of powerful building tools—helps produce construction documents with site plans, framing plans, section details, and elevations. The latest version includes improved license management, support for multiple monitors, and real-time reflections and shadows in render views.
 

Velux Intelligent Touch Remote Control

 
Velux has introduced the KLR 200 Intelligent Touch Remote Control for its electric- and solar-powered skylight lines. This redesigned touch-screen unit is powered by Velux Integra to operate the company’s electric and solar power Fresh Air skylights and blinds. It is easier to use and comes with pre-set programs that automate commonly used functions of the skylights. Velux Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights and solar-powered blinds are eligible for a 30-percent federal tax credit.
 

MaxLite LED Omni Lamp

 
The LED 15-watt Omnidirectional A19 Lamp in 300K correlated color temperature is an Energy Star-qualified replacement for a 75-watt incandescent and yields 80 percent in energy savings. MaxLite also offers the LED Lamp in 2700K color temperature and in a GU24 base in 2700K, 3000K, and 4100K color temperatures. The LED Omni lamp replicates an incandescent bulb’s 300-degree beam angle, delivers consistent light from the socket base and above in all directions, and is dimmable down to 10 percent on a wide variety of control systems. 
 

Noritz NRC661 Condensing Tankless Water Heater

 
NRC661 features the same energy-saving technology as the rest of the Noritz EcoTough series of condensing tankless water heaters, and has an energy factor of 0.91 for natural gas and 0.93 for LP. The Energy Star-rated NRC661 can deliver 6.6 gallons per minute, with a maximum input of 120,000 BTU per hour, using a 1/2-inch gas line up to 120 feet in length. NRC661 also is the first Noritz unit to offer a front digital display to permit basic servicing without a remote device.
 

Saniswift Water Pump

 
The Saniswift from SFA Saniflo has undergone several plumber-friendly design modifications to simplify and speed up its installation. About the size of a small wastebasket, the compact Saniswift pump is an ideal above-floor plumbing solution where no below-floor drainage exists. Equipped with three, 1-1/2-inch inlets—two on the bottom and one on top—the Saniswift can remove up to 24 gallons of waste water per minute (depending on discharge-line length) from three separate plumbing fixtures.
 

Panasonic EcoVent Fan

 
EcoVent is an Energy Star-rated fan from Panasonic Ventilation that delivers airflow by incorporating a unique Veri-Boost feature to ensure optimal performance without compromising style. Its smaller grille size blends into the ceiling and doesn’t detract from the room’s aesthetics. EcoVent provides verification assurance and can be used to comply with airflow requirements for installed performance per ASHRAE 62.2 and Energy Star for Homes 3.0, among others.
 

Power-Pipe

 
The cost-effective Power-Pipe Drain Water Heat Recovery unit reclaims heat that would otherwise be lost down the drain. This copper product from Renewability Energy has numerous residential and commercial applications and can be ordered in 2-, 3-, and 4-inch diameters and a wide range of lengths in order to maximize heat recovery efficiency for the available space. This double-wall, vented heat exchanger system can be used to supply fresh, pre-heated water to the water heater. The Power-Pipe is available through HomeDepot.com and is backed by a 10-year warranty.
 

Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater

 
The Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater combines the on-demand technology of a tankless water heater with a durable 40-gallon storage tank. When used together, they offer homeowners more than twice the water-heating capacity of a traditional 50-gallon tank. The Hybrid Water Heater installs like a tank, requires a ½-inch gas line, and is compatible with a 4-inch B-vent or common vent with furnace. The unit’s hot- and cold-water connections are the same as a traditional storage tank.
 

Sea Gull Six-Light Chandelier

 
Sea Gull Lighting’s new-for-2014 Sfera collection includes a six-light chandelier with rounded, sweeping curves and detailed center bands that measure 32¼-inches high and 24½ inches in diameter. The collection also includes pendants, bath vanities, and sconces. All are available in painted mercury glass or café tint glass for a rustic yet modern look. 
 

GE Reveal LED Bulb

 
The GE Reveal LED bulb delivers energy-efficient lighting with full-spectrum light to make vivid colors and patterns pop. It filters out dull yellow rays and delivers crisp, white light. The bulb uses 80-percent less energy than a traditional incandescent, lasts 13.7 years based on three hours of operation per day, and is available in 40- and 60-watt replacements for table and floor lamps and BR-30 indoor floodlights for track and recessed lighting.
 

Warmup 3iE Thermostat

 
The 2014 version of this touch-screen thermostat from Warmup—designed via a national contest—connects to the company’s radiant floor heating and allows users to view actual graphs of a home’s recorded energy consumption. From there, it makes screen-based recommendations on consumption savings. As settings are adjusted, the thermostat learns from the user’s programming changes and temperature selections. Warmup currently offers the 3iE in eight colors.
 

Heat & Glo Mezzo Gas Fireplace

 
Homeowners can control the Mezzo series of modern gas fireplaces from Heat & Glo from virtually anywhere using a WiFi-enabled app on smartphones and tablets. The fireplaces are available in 36-, 48-, and 60-inch sizes, and with single-sided or see-through options. LED underlighting illuminates the firebox from beneath a bed of crushed glass. Three optional designer fronts are available in multiple colors and finish options. Direct-vent gas technology expels 100 percent of exhaust gases outside of the home to protect air quality.
 

Legrand Whole-House Lighting System

 
Legrand’s Adorne whole-house lighting system allows users to control lights with a handheld remote, mobile device, or tablet. Custom settings will automatically dim lights or turn preselected lights on and off with the touch of a button. The system can integrate the Adorne Collection’s light switches, dimmers, outlets, wall plates, and under-cabinet lighting system.
 

Geberit Bath Waste and Overflow Systems

 
Geberit offers two more entries in the bath waste and overflow (BWO) category. The PushControl BWO opens and closes the drain with a simple push and is adaptable to different bathtub thicknesses. Critical working parts are outside the waterway and away from the flow of water to prevent clogging. The Cascading Tub Filler is integrated as a BWO, assuring reliable filling and draining in an all-in-one unit. Flow rate is 18 gpm. Several filler models are available for tubs 17-to-24-inches deep.
 

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

 
The Lyric thermostat from Honeywell features “geofencing,” which uses the location of the user’s smartphone to automatically turn the device into energy-saving mode when the home is empty. It can also sense when owners are coming home and heat or cool the house to their preferred temperature. The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature for homeowners. PB

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