PB September 2009

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Electronic Water Temperature Control

OWLink's transparent DLI Fiber optic cable for HD installation for digital home networking

Our list of 100 Best New Products run the gamut of those used for the home building and home remodeling industries.

Icynene LD-R-50 renewable-based foam insulation and air barrier

C.H. Hanson's Precision Ball Level has a 360-degree rotating aviation ball compass that allows users to easily read if a surface is level or plumb

Century Architectural Specialties recently added 35 new crown and cornice molding additions to its versatile line

Jenn-Air Duct-Free Downdraft Cooktop

Eaton's Plug-On Neutral Loadcenter and Circuit Breaker

The Green Home Builders of the Triangle (which refers to the counties of Durham, Orange and Chatham in North Carolina) has a certification recognized by the NAHB as an "affiliated program" that has adopted a green rating system equivalent to or higher than the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines bronze level.

Setting large-format tile and stone has never been easier, thanks to Mapeil's latest mortar

M12 features a 12-volt lithium-ion battery with enough juice to cut more than 80 pieces of 1½-inch PVC on a single charge

The Wicker Park Collection from Gerber includes high-efficiency toilets that use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush

Pretty-up those featureless white spaces in front of the garage. C.H.I. Overhead Doors' new 5000/5100 Series Pan-Overlay Carriage House door features environmentally friendly accent battens over a wood grain embossed steel base section, creating an authentic carriage house style with a dual-tone look.

The single-canister system has a generous 500-gallon capacity of filtration

Siemens expanded its full residential line of Combination Type Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (CAFCIs) to include a 2-pole Combination Type AFCI

Structural, insulation and housewrap products from iLevel, Laticrete, Simpson Strong-Tie, Icynene and BASF are featured.

The LiteSteel Beam is a cold-formed, lightweight steel structural beam

DF350S 20 degree Round Head Framing Nailer

Introducing the industry's first single/double oven that can cook two dishes at two temperatures at the same time

Flexible, durable, corrosion-resistant—you'll get that all with Uponor's Pre-Insulated AquaPex tubing for residential and commercial plumbing applications

Home builders are getting up to speed on sustainable landscaping practices such as bioswales, rain gardens and the use of native plant materials. Appeared as "Love the Land" in Professional Builder.

Embeds mesh into the level coat to reduce cracking

Bellaforté roofing tiles use a third less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles

DeWalt's XRP line of tools use a patented three-speed transmission and new high-power, high-efficiency frameless motor

Artisan Precast uses recycled cementitious material to reduce the amount of cement used and is colored to eliminate the release of VOCs at the job site.

Want the realism of wood without the maintenance issues?

The new Alno Starline features a continuous case channel in the same color as the door and drawer fronts, giving the illusion of a cleaner, more minimalist kitchen. The company debuted high-gloss lacquers and interesting wood grain patterns for its cabinet fronts.

Z-Wave-compatible thermostat

Mechanical and electrical products for home building and remodeling from Siemens, Wayne-Dalton, Rheem, Saniswift and others are featured.

iLevel by Weyerhaeuser's Garage Portal System incorporates the iLevel Shear Brace, TimberStrand LSL beam and a proprietary portal connection to achieve a 10 to 20 percent increase in allowable lateral resistance

StoneCraft's new DutchCraft veneers

PowerCrew from Knaack with four GFCI protected electrical outlets providing 15 amps of power for operating tools or charging batteries

The GyroSteam system brings a water flow through nozzles on two different axes that tilt and rotate

The new Design Pro LED Rail Lights by Kichler incorporate tiny LED chips that use 75 percent less electricity than typical incandescent lighting. The fixtures, which easily mount into existing wall or ceiling outlet boxes, offer the warm white light homeowners crave. Kichler says these LED lights will last an average of 40,000 hours or 20 years.

72-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator

Current estimates show that sales prices of nearly one in 10 new-home sales are "adjusted" prior to closing because appraisals are falling short of contracted sale prices. While problems with appraisals are nothing new to our industry, since the the Home Valuation Conduct Code (HVCC) went into effect May 1 for all conventional loans to be sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the issue has grown f...

Quadra-Fire's EDGE 60 is specifically designed for supplemental home heating

Enertite water-blown open-cell spray foam

Belgard Old World Pavers

VSW65 Single Track Slider wood frame, individual panel sliding door system

Armstrong's Calibra Cabinets feature a contemporary slab door style in solid Plantation Hardwood

Wilsonart's Aeon option is a high-pressure decorative laminate

Quadra-Fire's Edge 60

Exterior products for home building and remodeling from Azek, CertainTeed, TimberTech, StoneCraft and Tru-Brix among others are featured.

Need a good all-purpose caulk line that dries fast? Check out DAP's new 3.0 line

GAF-Elk TruSlate roofing

For tracking and protecting expensive assets using GPS/GSM system technology

Serious Materials' EcoRock green drywall uses 80 percent less energy in its production than most other drywall

Harness the wind! The Honeywell Wind Turbine by EarthTronics generates energy from its gearless Blade Tip Power System, which eliminates mechanical resistance and drag. This technology allows the turbine to generate power in wind speeds as low as 2 miles per hour and as high 45 miles per hour without the typical noise associated with wind turbines.

Tonusa's Fu-Tung Cheng-designed Elements Cabinetry

Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh suggests that American consumers who are now saving at a greater rate will be looking for very different housing when the home builder recovery comes.

It's not every day you find a compact tankless water heater suitable for both heavy residential and light commercial applications

The new SunStar Model SC18 (shown) and Model SC 30 vent-free gas room heaters are designed with soft rounded corners and a warm cream finish

Simpson Strong-Tie's Moment Frames allow larger openings and smaller wall sections while offering the high load values

The 4-volt lithium-ion battery provides a number of features such a long run time and long-shelf life so your batteries will always be ready for action.

Thermador's sleek new cooktops are the first in the U.S. to utilize advanced infrared sensor technology to take the guesswork out of cooking

Dacor's new Energy-Star-qualified Epicure and Integrated Freestanding French Door Cabinet-Depth Refrigerators

The Smart Rais 60 insert fireplace

We're pleased to call your attention to Professional Builder’s annual “100 Best New Products” feature, which showcases the very best new home building products available nationwide. Products that have won our award represent either a technological advance, a significant improvement to an existing line, a brand-new product line or a product that is a game-changer in its market.

Todol's Duo-Fill 400 Two-Part Urethane Foam Sealant adheres well to most construction materials and offers multiple starts and closures

Great for new or existing structures

Blanco's MicroEdge Sinks

For Solar Hot Water Installations

Tool and software products for the home building industries from Lenox, Knaack, Chief Architect and HomeFront among others are featured.

Benjamin Obdyke's Hydrofilament Drainable Housewrap creates a path for moisture trapped behind the cladding for faster draining and drying

Lightweight self-adhesive, modified bituminous roofing underlayment

Porter-Cable's new LX (PC18BLX) and EX (PC18BLEX) 18-volt, lithium-ion battery line

ThyssenKrupp Access' Volant home elevator

Sometimes minimalism just isn't the answer. Wellborn's custom Estate Custom features finished interiors and high-end hardware. The all-wood collection is available in a wide range of door styles, including inset doors. The inset style is available with a non-beaded or beaded inset — it's up to your homeowners to decide.

Saniswift Graywater Pump

Here are 5 Hot Green Markets and 2 Up-And-Comers from Professional Builder's Green Issue

Anvil 1750 High Performance Water Borne Grip-Tite Bonding Primer

Latitudes Luster by Universal Forest Products

General's Moisture Meters provide an efficient method for detecting hidden leaks and excess moisture

Stacked or pocket? Either configuration is fine with Marvin's Ultimate Lift and Slide

There are an impressive 60 configurations in Dornbracht's Supernova line

Five New Liquid-Cooled Standby Generators

New paint, caulk and sealant products for home building and remodeling from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Kilz, DAP and Quickrete among others are featured.

TimberTech's DeckLites are stylish contemporary fittings offering discreet illumination

Chief Architect Interiors 2- and 3-D automated building and design tools

Studio Becker has a solution: its Concealed Elevation System for cabients

Cool off and kick back underneath Hunter's new Concert Breeze fans

Kohler's new Flipside crams four independent streams into one head

K. Hovnanian's Landover Group's High Performance Home in Virginia educates the masses on the value of energy-efficient standards.

Remember: just because the paint has zero VOCs doesn't mean the colorant is as eco-friendly

The Performance Boost 80 Gas Furnace by Carrier has a unique circulation system that takes cool air directly from the air-conditioning unit to enhance efficiency

The Lenox Diamond hole uses a unique brazed diamond edge that reduces the grab that can occur when cutting hard materials

Custom and replacement contractors should check out MI Windows' Bridgewood offering

Quiet and ultra-efficient washer/dryer

The kit includes pre-wired heating panels to easily connect electrically to a wall-mounted thermostat

Interior home building and remodeling products from Kichler, KitchenAid, ThyssenKrupp, Toto, Everpure, GE and others are included in this list.

Zero VOCs and little odor are traits of Kilz's new interior/exterior, water-based Clean Start primer

Available in a double 4½-inch dutchlap panel; double 4- and 5-inch traditional panels; and a Triple 3-inch traditional panel

Capital Safety's Rollgliss Rescue Ladder

Tigerwood offering shown

Throw open the sash with Guardian's ClimaGuard 63/31 high-performance windows. The line delivers a U-value of 0.24, a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of .31 and 63 percent visible light transmission. The windows have a heat-treatable mate for custom-tempered applications and irregular shapes. The line qualifies for energy tax credits as outlined in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment...

ACP's new line of decorative wall panels

With all the incentives going to first-time home buyers, it's no wonder that on the eve of incentives' expiration there's a feeding frenzy of prospects looking to cash in.

Green Glue is a viscoelastic compound used between layers of standard drywall to ensure best-in-class soundproofing

An innovative new fan helps control cooling and humidity consistency in Trane's new XL20i model

TechShield panels install just like normal sheathing and sport a 20-year limited warranty

The 370 Series Courtyard Collection from Overhead Door was developed to bring the curb appeal of the custom carriage house garage door to more homeowners. It includes polyurethane insulation to keep those pesky elements out. It also features a great wood look and operates almost silently — helpful for homes with living space above the garage.

Eco-friendly Kirei Coco Tiles

ComfortGuard Gypsum Panels

Occupancy and Vacancy Sensors from Pass and Seymour

Window and door products for home building and remodeling from Overhead Door, Clopay, Marvin and Weather Shield are featured.

Now you can paint those darker colors on your vinyl siding without worrying about the stuff warping or buckling thanks to Sherwin-Williams' new SuperPaint

Boost curb appeal and green points with CertainTeed's new Landmark Solaris shingles. The roofing material features granules that reflect solar energy and radiate heat far better than traditional asphalt roofing material. During the summer months, Landmark Solaris can reduce the temperature of a roof, thereby reducing energy usage and utility bills while maintaining the aesthetics of traditional...

HomeFront and Builder 1440 created the HomeFront Complete alliance for home builders that use Sage Timberline Office or Sage Master Builder

Sonia's Versatile Collection of modular furniture

CraftMaster Green Doors are made with a sustainable-sourced solid core that contains a minimum of 65-percent-by-weight, pre-consumer recycled content. Hollow-core CraftMaster Green Doors contain a minimum of 50-percent-by-weight, pre-consumer recycled content. All CraftMaster Green Doors have no added urea formaldehyde and exceed the California Air Resources Board's guidelines.

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