101 Best New Products for 2012 - From the editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler

A fold-away glass shower system, full-surface induction cooktop, and drainable housewrap are among the new residential construction products named 101 Best New Products for 2012 by the editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines.

By HZ Editors | August 21, 2012

A fold-away glass shower system, full-surface induction cooktop, and drainable housewrap are among the new residential construction products named 101 Best New Products for 2012 by the editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines.


Each year, the editors explore the building products market in search of the most innovative new materials, finishes, and systems geared toward the residential construction market. Products are selected across 16 product categories, including Doors, Decking/Outdoor Living, Home Technology, HVAC, Kitchen & Bath, Siding, Structural, and Windows.

In evaluating the hundreds of new products that debut each year, the editors take into consideration the following criteria:

  •     Does it create a new product category?
  •     Does it advance an existing product category?
  •     Does it greatly reduce costs on labor or material?
  •     Does it enhance design/style?
  •     Does it improve energy efficiency/performance?
  •     Does it make life easier for homeowners/builders/contractors?
  •     Does it reduce the product’s or home’s impact on the environment?


The 101 Best New Product winners are featured in the August issues of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines (click links to launch digital edition of magazines).

The 2012 winners (in alphabetical order by manufacturer) are:

Alside Sheffield II Replacement Windows

Andersen 45-Minute Rapid Install System

Andersen Architectural Collection

Andersen/Honeywell Verilock Sensor Technology

APEX Ultrex Siding System

Applegate Insulation Mr. Insulate Cotton Armor

Aquatic Starla Tub

Armstrong Alterna Reserve

Azek Deck Rail Lighting

BASF Chroma Finish

BEHR Premium Plus self-priming zero VOC interior paint

Benjamin Obdyke HydroGap Drainable Housewrap

Bertazzoni Design Series Segmented cooktops

Boral Stone Products Versetta Stone Universal Corner

Boral TruExterior Trim

Bosch Rotary Hammer

Broan-NuTone Ultra Series Ventilation Fans and Fan/Lights

CalStar Thru-Wall Block Units

CertainTeed Air Renew Extreme Impact and Extreme Abuse

CertainTeed Apollo Solar Roofing System

Clopay Craftsman Collection Fiberglass Entry Doors

Danver Evo Flattop Grill

Danze Air Injection Showerhead

DAP Spec Line sealants and adhesive

Deceuninck Genius Interlinked Dual Sash Window

Delta Fuse Kitchen Collection

Dewalt Infrared Imaging Thermometer Kit

D-Lead Paint Test Kit

Duravit OpenSpace Shower

Eastman Chemical Perennial Wood Decking


Eldorado Stone Outdoor Cabinets

FastMac U-Socket

Festool Certified HEPA Dust Extractors

Fiberon Horizon Matching Fascia and Riser Boards

Fireclay Tile Crush recycled glass tile

Fleurco's Alessa acrylic base

Formica IdealEdge

Fypon PVC Trellis System

GAF Monaco lifetime designer shingles

Geberit UP720 Tank and Carrier System

GTR Technologies DewStop Fan Switch

Häfele SmartCab storage system

Hansgrohe RainBrain

Hurd Ultra-R Glazed Window

Hy-Lite DecoGuard Window

Ingersoll Rand Nexia home automation system

Integrity Window Opening Control Device

James Hardie 5” Exposure HardieShingle Siding

Jeld-Wen Authentic Recipe Pantry Door

Kleer Trimboards TruEDGE

Kohler Bellegrove kitchen sink

Kohler VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy

KWC AVA CoolFix faucet

Kwikset Montara Handleset

Lenova Entertainer Sink

LP SmartSide CarraraFinishes

Lumber Liquidators Bellawood 100-year transferable warranty

Lutron Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensing switches

Lutron Serena Remote-Controlled Shades

LUX Modern Gas Fireplace

Marvin Chain-and-Pulley Double-Hung Window

Masonite Patio Door w/SpectraWeld

MasterBrand Cabinets’ Base Corner with Curved Pullout

Moen Twist handheld shower

NanaWall Systems WA67 Glass Wall System

Overhead Door Corp. Door Report

Owens Corning TruDefinition shingles

Panasonic WhisperSupply-Wall Fans

Paslode Cordless Framing System

Pella SmartSync

Penguin Model 524 toilet

Perlick Shallow-Depth Series

Ply Gem - The Designed Exterior

Ply Gem Mira Premium Series Bi-Parting Door

Ply Gem Stone True Stack

Porter Cable TigerSaw

PPG Clarvista glass

Progressive Foam Fullback Siding Insulation

ProVia Corner Seal

Ridgid Clipped Head Framer

ROHL Stainless Steel and Stainless Copper Sinks

Rollex Thermal-Pro Insulated Steel Siding Panels

Simpson Strong-Tie Dexxter Screws

Sterling Accord Seated Shower

Sto Corp. Sto AirSeal

Tapco Group Foundry Stacked Stone

Tapco Group InSpire Slate Cool Roofing

Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop

Therma-Tru Fiber-Classic Mahogany 3-Panel Style Door

ThinkGlass Artistic Glass countertops

Tile Redi Redi trench

Timberlake Cabinetry's Aluminum-and-Glass Cabinet Doors

TimberTech Gate Kit

TOTO 1G Double Cyclone

Trex Pergola Kits

USG Sheetrock UltraLight Panels

Versatex Trimboard Soffit System

Wellborn Cabinet Access Base Wastebasket

Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist TJI with Flak Jacket

Whirlpool Gold Series dishwashers


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