The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named the winning products in its second annual Best of IBS Awards held last week during the 2014 International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.
More than 250 exhibitors applied to be considered for this year's awards. Decided by a panel of independent judges made up of attending reporters and building professionals, the awards were given in seven categories, plus an overall Best in Show award. The winners were:
- -Best Home Technology Product: Trutankless by Bollente Companies
- -Best Kitchen Product: Halo HU20 Magnetic LED Undercabinet Luminair by Eaton's Cooper Lighting Business
- -Best Bath Product: Decorative Channel Drains by Quick Drain USA
- -Best Indoor Living Product (Two Winners): Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security and Salt-Free Water Softening System by nuvoH20
- -Best Outdoor Living Product: Classic Series by Coronado Stone Products
- -Best Window and Door Product: Goldberg Barn Track by Goldberg Brothers, Inc.
- -Most Innovative Building Product: JetBoard by JetProducts
- -Overall Best in Show: Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security
"More than 75,000 attendees flocked the aisles during Design & Construction Week to see an impressive lineup of products featured by more than 1,200 exhibitors on display at the International Builders' Show", said Randy Strauss, NAHB's 2013 Conventions and Meetings Committee Chair and a custom home builder from Amherst, Ohio. "This year's award winners not only represent the most innovative and best designed products across several facets of the building industry, but were also recognized as being an integral part in helping a builder build or sell a home."
Awards were given to exhibitors with a product or line that shows the best combination of design, functionality and innovation. Best Technology Product went to Bollente Companies for its Trutankless, the world's smartest water heater that integrates with home automation systems and has its own app. Eaton's Cooper Lighting Business' line of unique under cabinet LED lighting than can be easily relocated with magnetic contact, was honored for Best Kitchen Product. Best Bath Product winner Quick Drains USA, won for its Decorative Channel Drains, which feature grills by architect and designer Michael Graves to create an attractive, curbless universal designed, ADA designed or wet room shower.
The Best in Indoor Living Product category had two winners--the Push Pull Rotate Door Locks from Brinks Home Security, the first residential door locks that open in three ways--by turning or rotating, or by gently pushing inward, or pulling outward to release the door latch; and Salt-Free Water Softening System which uses citrus instead of salt, wastes no water, uses no electricity and takes up less than a quarter of the space of other softeners. Coronado Stone Products won Best Outdoor Living Product for its Classic Series oversized tiles that were created to mimic the elegant stone used in some of the architectural wonders of the world.
In the category for Best Window and Door Product, Goldberg Brothers, Inc.'s Goldberg Barn Track line of interior residential sliding door hardware kits was honored. JetBoard by JetProducts won for Most Innovative Building Product, as it offers a replacement to drywall, OSB/Plywood and is resistant to mold and mildew, termites and water.
Finally, the Best in Show Award was given to the top product among the winners in all seven categories. Push Pull Rotate Doors by Brinks Home Security took this honor. Judges noted how the product serves an age-old problem of opening the door when your hands are full, and could also benefit an aging population whose hands may need additional support. Jim Hartung, Chief Marketing Officer for Hampton Products International said, "We were delighted by our reception at the show and thrilled to win the Best in Show award. It was a perfect venue to introduce the Brinks Home Security Push Pull Rotate[tm] door lock, the game-changing innovation that will touch people's lives countless times a day. We'd liken it to when the telephone went from rotary dial to touch pad; this is just a better way to open a door. We thank the judges and the International Builders' Show for this honor."
The awards were presented during the Best of IBS Awards ceremony on the final day of the show. PR