This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing.
Professional Builder Product Report: Green Products
Green products, including a ventilation fan from Broan, a water heater from Grand Hall that combines tank and tankless water heating technology, and NuTech's Composite Recessed CFL downlight.
Meeting ASHRAE Standard 62, the ultra-quiet SmartSense system by Broan automatically coordinates the operation of ventilation fans in the home, running them intermittently throughout the day when necessary. A master control switch controls up to 10 fans. The kit includes two Ultra Silent fans (one 110 CFM fan, one 80 CFM fan) and two SmartSense controls. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-141
Bringing standard tank and tankless water-heating technology together is the Eternal Hybrid water heater from Grand Hall. According to the company, the unit works on the principle of counter flow, with cold water entering from the bottom of the tank and a top-mounted turbo burner that forces heat downward. According to the company, it achieves an 86 percent thermal efficiency. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-143
Following the trend toward Compact Fluorescent Lighting, NuTech's Composite Recessed CFL Downlight model is designed for new construction. The unit's small profile means it only needs 4.25 inches of space to fit in restricted spaces or angled ceilings. It can house one or two CFL sockets or dual or triple-tube lamps. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-142
Containing 40 percent pre-consumer recycled waste materials, the Crater and Summer lines from Avonite Surfaces are SCS-certified as a sustainable surfacing product. The Crater features a black base with yellow, grey, red and brown accents. The Summer has a green hue with large flecks of black, grey and clear. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-144