April 2007 New Product Preview

An overview of products from the 2007 International Builders Show, including Kitchen Fixtures

March 31, 2007

IBS Products

Crane Performance Siding

Mimicking the look of natural stone, Crane Performance Siding's BellaStone line, according to the company, reduces traditional labor and installs at least 50 percent faster than traditional stone. The panels can be mounted directly to the wall, and a full line of accessories are available. The product is made in earth-tone Tuscan or gray-tone Torino (shown).

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In-ceiling and in-wall speakers from NuTone feature, according to the company, improved bass and sound and can easily be painted to blend with existing décor. Offerings include the ES628DS two-way, weather-resistant, in-wall speaker that allows a single speaker to be used in confined rooms without losing stereo audio. It handles 100 watts of RMS power and has a five-year warranty.

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Napoleon Fireplaces

The Tureen direct vent gas fireplace by Napoleon Fireplaces sports modern European styles in a double-fired ceramic bowl complemented with river rock. The unit kicks out 26,000 BTUs and has the flexibility of flame and heat adjustment for comfort. It also features an electronic ignition and digital hand-held remote along with the company's Night Light, which creates a soft glow when the fireplace is off.

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Using fewer gallons per flush than the mandated 1.6 gallons per minute, VitrA's line of Evergreen HET, or high-efficiency toilets, includes the 1.2 gallons per minute Gravity Flush, Dual Flush 0.8/1.6 gallon per minute (in a round front or elongated front) and the one gallon per minute Pressure Assist HET.

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The Serenity QS Power Unit and its companion Q electric power brush, hose and cleaning tools from Beam Industries, a subsidiary of Electrolux, features a 640 air watt motor, which, according to the company, produces 10 to 25 percent more power than other units.

The Serenity uses the Quiet Pak insulation package and Sound Off muffler to reduce noise and vibration.

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Ridgid Professional Tools

The SeeSnake Micro from Ridgid Professional Tools is a hand-held, fully flexible tool that allows inspectors to see inside ductwork, appliances and walls. Attached to the three-foot vinyl cable, the high-resolution camera transmits images back to a 2½-inch LCD screen. Two LED lights provide illumination and run on four AA batteries, providing up to three hours of continuous run time.

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The Villa Fan from Hunter has a detailed motor housing, curled blade arm and frosted amber glass globe. The blades have a 52-inch span and 12 degree blade pitch, and are made of furniture-grade veneer. The Hunter, part of the company's Prestige series, features an efficient AirMax motor and a patented WobbleFree canopy.

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American Fluorescent

Responding to the call of "Green" lighting, the Diode28 LED under-cabinet fixture by American Fluorescent will, according to the company, last for 10 years if lit continuously. Each fixture draws 7 watts and up to 20 individual components can be strung together. Options include a high/low feature with illuminated switch.

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SFA Saniflo

The Sanishower Above Floor Gray Water Plumbing System by SFA Saniflo is a fully automatic gray water compact pump system designed to discharge wastewater from a shower, bathtub, bar or bathroom sink, making it ideal for tight areas where installation space is severely limited. It measures only 13 inches wide and 612 inches deep.

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USG Corp.

The Sheetrock Lightweight All-Purpose Joint Compound from USG Corp. reduces airborne sanding dust for less mess and faster cleanup and weighs up to 35 percent less than conventional compounds. It comes ready-mixed and requires only two coats over metal and bonds like a taping compound.

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Andersen Windows & Doors

Expanding on the company's 200 series, the Hinged Inswing Patio Door from Andersen Windows & Doors has traditional French styling and glass fiber construction with an aluminum exterior frame. It is available in single-and double-panel configurations in multiple widths and 6'8" and 6'11" heights.

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The FlatWire is an ultra-thin wire that allows low-voltage lighting fixtures to be mounted anywhere on walls or ceilings and connected to an electrical outlet without drilling holes, pulling electrical wires or using extension cords. Produced by Southwire, installation can be finished using standard concealing and painting. The system is UL listed and has 30 lighting sconces in a variety of finishes.

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Able to coordinate with contemporary décor, the Residential Intercom System from Leviton is designed to work with the company's other residential Cat5e structured wiring installations. The modular system provides basic intercom and paging functions and comprises a main controller board, outdoor and indoor stations and a door chime. Standard telephones are used for the indoor user interface.

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The Trianna pull-down kitchen faucets by Moen offer functionality with three spray options: aerated stream, spray and pause. The pause button allows users to interrupt the water flow while moving the spout outside of the sink. The faucet can be installed as a two- or three-hole mount and is available in chrome and the company's proprietary LifeShine Stainless finishes.

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Kitchen Fixtures


Atlas Homewares

Fusing the look of centuries-old craftsmanship with current design trends, the new Old World Collection from Atlas Homewares features a 4-inch and a 5 7/8-inch pull and a 1½-inch knob. Finishes include brushed bronze, craftsman copper,

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Featuring the company's PowerScour technology that uses targeting jets to scrub away debris without scrubbing or soaking, GE's Gold Dishwashers also have a new slate interior that reduces visible tub stains after a wash. The unit's Adaptive Wash cycle uses sensors to measure load size and soil level for best results.

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Blanco America

Sticking to the European influence, Blanco America's BlancoPerforma sinks are made from 18-gauge steel with 18/10 chrome-nickel content for shine and durability. The bowls are 10 inches deep and have flat bottoms and an off-center drain placement. The company's insulation muffles water and garbage disposal noise.

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Fitting the company's "shabby chic" and "sophisticated country" trend, the Talbott single-handle kitchen faucet from Delta features a recessed aerator in a one-hole, two-hole with side spray, three hole without side spray and four-hole with side spray configurations. Finishes include chrome and Brilliance stainless.

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Custom Hood Inserts from GE attach directly to house ducts from within the unit, eliminating the need to adjust, remove or replace the canopy. The on-board control panel can be removed from the hood insert during installation and can be mounted to the wall or countertop. Tile, wood panels and other decorative finishes are available.

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Building on the company's previous Masterpiece Series, the Professional Series 30-inch Single/Double Convection ovens from Thermador have restaurant-style controls and stainless-steel knobs. The ovens use a triple configuration with a convection microwave, convection oven and warming drawer. A 30-inch Double Convection Thermal Oven model is also available.

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Expanding on the Trevi line, the Trevi Cross Handle faucet by Brizo has configurations for the entire home, including kitchen, bar/prep, bathroom, Roman tub and shower faucets.

Inspired by contemporary European designs, the Trevi Cross Handle is also available as an upgrade on the company's Total Escape Custom Shower system.

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Jumping in on the decorative backsplash trend, ACP's thermoplastic backsplash panels for kitchens and bathrooms are water- and corrosion-resistant. The panels measure 18 by 24 inches and are color-infused in 14 finishes and six embossed designs, including a paintable white, brushed aluminum, Bermuda bronze and cracked copper.

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