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PR March 2013

March 24, 2013

Energy efficiency |

Annual green survey |

Outdoor kitchens


Nominate yourself or someone else as one of the 40 Under 40 stars of the industry. 40 Under 40 nominees may come from any field related to the residential design, construction, and development community.

Moen has expanded its MotionSense hands-free technology to Delaney and Haysfield, its newest stainless steel offerings.

Winter Carnival and Summer Carnival, the newest additions to the Wilsonart HD Laminate Collection, are inspired by the luxurious, exotic, natural granite out of Brazil.

Thanks to Kohler’s Response technology, the Sensate touchless faucet activates in 20 milliseconds via the underside sensor.

Wellborn’s newest door style, Messina, is a full overlay, wide stile and rail, cope and tenon door with a solid wood reverse raised center panel.

Now available with undermount slides, SmartCab II from Hafele is the only storage system on the market that will fit a 15- or 18-in. base cabinet with a drawer above the door.

Perfect for smaller bathrooms, this compact, elongated model is the latest in Gerber’s Viper line of high-efficiency toilets.

Delta has added its H20kinetic technology to its newest line of In2ition showers, which feature both a showerhead and detachable, handheld shower in one unit.

The Florin 4.5-inch five-function showerhead meets strict requirements set by the EPA’s WaterSense program for water efficiency, using 20 percent less water than a standard showerhead.

The new Brizo Hydrati 2|1 shower features a showerhead design with an integrated handshower that can run separately or simultaneously.

SafePoint impact-resistant glass is an ideal product for room additions or projects that require full “tearbacks” of siding.

The Andersen Home Style Library gives homeowners the tools to help them discuss and communicate their vision of home by offering illustrations and descriptions of the most popular residential building styles.

This patio door is the only Pella wood line to offer optional triple-pane glass for superior energy efficiency.

Simpson has expanded its Nantucket Collection exterior wood doors to include Douglas Fir and Sapele Mahogany, adding to the existing Black Locust and Nootka Cypress options.

Hurd Windows and Doors has partnered with Vista Pointe Architectural Systems to offer a wider range of patio door products.

This new clad-wood window meets Energy Star criteria in all four U.S. climate zones without an upgrade to more expensive glass packages in the northern zone.

Lucerna glass features an elegant, updated fleur-de-lis pattern.

Marvin’s factory stain and clean interior finishes involve a multi-step process that takes place before the window or door is assembled, saving homeowners time, trouble, and the mess of staining and finishing on-site.

Ply Gem Windows expands their line of design capabilities with the introduction of 38 new exterior color options for the aluminum-clad Mira Premium Series window and patio door line.

ODL has added two new decorative doorglass designs to the nature-inspired Craftsman and traditional Classic collections. Inglenook (pictured), new to the Craftsman line, is a geometric design that features clear soft wave and micro-iced granite glass with clear bevels and ruby-red floral accents.

EverSense 2.0 is a home-environment and energy-management platform that features Allure Energy’s patented Proximity Control Technology with privacy protection, as well as streaming music, energy-saving video tips, and weather updates.

Axor Starck kitchen faucets feature ceramic cartridges and swivel spouts and come in HighArc, Prep, and Bar iterations.

This new aperture LED boasts 38 input watts that deliver an impressive 2750 lumens.

Personalized custom color roofing tiles offer unlimited options for architects, roofers, and homeowners who wish to create unique colors for their polymer DaVinci slate and shake roofing tiles.

This new bio fireplace is equipped with an electronic system to regulate flame size. Sensors automatically turn the device off in case of any irregularities--higher CO2 concentration, opening the fuel inlet, seismic activity, or excessively high temperature.

The new Essentials Sliding Door features the EverCore Composite Frame, which unlike wood frames is resistant to rot, mold, and decay.

The compact grade panel, or stratificato, is a high-pressure, self-supporting laminate used for furniture, countertops, backsplashes, gym lockers, toilet partitions, or any laminate application requiring extra strength, durability, and design.

Werner’s new aluminum attic ladder is five times more energy efficient by reducing drafts, air leakage, and wasted energy from a consumer’s home.

LightStar 80 from TerraLUX is the ideal flashlight for jobs in tight spaces and those that require the use of both hands. Made from airplane-grade aluminum, this product features a rubber BiteGrip instead of a metal handle, and the light weighs only 2.4 oz. despite its 80-lumen output.

This collection provides the look of cedar that’s weathered over time, accomplished through a proprietary process that creates different tonal qualities using a darker shade of color in the grain, and a lighter one on higher points.

How will the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show fit into the 2014 International Builder’s Show in February 2014?

KWC takes the popular universal design of faucets one step further with the ONO Touch Light Pro.

The Style Moderne collection of art deco-inspired bathroom fixtures from Samuel Heath is inspired by the architectural style of the 1920s and 1930s.

Toto’s new Wyeth Faucet Collection features high-efficiency lavatory faucets, tub fillers, and shower trim.

Toilets, showers, and bathroom faucets are responsible for more than half the water use in a typical home. Precisely because so much water is used in the bathroom, the designer needs to be aware of, and plan for, efficient water use

Outdoor kitchen products combine contemporary style with enhanced cooking capabilities

The ‘gotta have’ numbers that can help improve your remodeling business. Here’s how to get them.

Melton Design Build overhauls dilapidated body shop to create upscale fly-fishing retail store.

Cost and return on investment remain a challenge in selling green remodeling projects.

Moderate investment turns Neil Kelly’s Home Performance division into cutting-edge energy-efficiency contractor.

There are plenty of challenges facing remodelers who are selling energy efficiency and sustainable remodeling projects. However, it is possible to sell energy efficiency in today’s market. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talked with Tim Ellis and Don Ferrier about their selling methods.

One of Shaw’s main goals for the year is to strengthen the relationship between local remodelers and their councils, as well as NAHB Remodelers. Mentoring, whether it is members new to NAHB board meetings, local council leaders, or new local remodelers, will be this year’s main theme.

As of 2011, metro areas with the highest per owner improvement spending included the rapidly growing Sunbelt metros of Austin, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, as well as traditionally stronger markets such as Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) have announced an agreement to co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014.

Letters, emails, and comments from the readers of Professional Remodeler.

The biggest news out of IBS was the announcement that the National Kitchen & Bath Association agreed to co-locate their Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with IBS beginning in 2014. The two events, IBS and KBIS, will remain separate shows held concurrently at the Las Vegas Convention Center though 2016. The combined shows are being billed as Design & Construction Week, and will include the SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas events starting in 2015.

The energy auditing market is increasing therefore remodelers should consider adopting thermal imaging technology and other energy auditing technology as part of a holistic approach to home improvement.

With the recent publication of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) professional remodelers now have a new path to certifying green remodeling projects. If your clients want efficient, healthy homes, obtaining NGBS certification for their remodel is one way to demonstrate your commitment to healthy homes.

Enjoy the time away from working in your business and focus on working your business.

Home performance energy audits provide you, the remodeling contractor, with another valuable service that you can provide your clients.

Managing yourself is about not being overwhelmed. Managing yourself is about thinking clearly to make the right decisions. Managing yourself is about setting an example for others you lead. Managing yourself should be a priority, and you should recognize why it is more difficult today if you want to improve.

The Powerstation PRO is an external battery pack that can charge virtually any mobile phone, tablet, or USB-enabled device on-the-go.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be announced and honored during NARI’s Evening of Excellence reception April 12 at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

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