The Fairmont line from Danze now includes a single-handle centerset faucet, single-handle vessel filler faucet and two wall mount faucets. The faucets feature a low-key look with tapered spouts and clean lines. Finishes include chrome, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and, exclusive to the Fairmont line, distressed nickel.
Made with the company's DuraTech technology for structural stability, the Artisan Lap siding line from James Hardie arrives ready to paint and is currently available in a smooth surface. Along with 5/8-inch thick planks, the product is made in 12-foot lengths, offered in three widths: 5¼-, 7¼- and 8¼-inches. It carries a 30-year limited warranty.
Constructed of solid African Mahogany or Spanish Cedar with wrought iron, copper and pewter hardware, shutters from Cooper Moon Woodworks now include the Avalon and Peapack. The company's design themes range from conservative textures to avant-garde. The company also has the ability to apply their shutters graphically on a digital image of the home for the remodeler to see.
Side and center channel speaker adapters from Chief include the new PACLR1 Left/Right Speaker adapter and PACCC1 Center Channel Speaker adapter. Both are designed for easy integration into flat-panel wall installations and both ship pre-assembled and include cable management clips. The adapters fit flat-panel TVs up to 50 inches.
Taking its design cues from the Orient, Stone Forest's renewable-source Moso Bamboo Sink is fashioned for minimalist-themed bathrooms. The rectangular sink is crafted only from the hard outer core of the bamboo and is finished with a wood sealer and a wax coating to ensure no VOCs or harsh toxins will off-gas.
The BT25XL Building Tape from Protecto Wrap is a tough-faced, self-adhering air/vapor barrier and waterproofing membrane for above-grade substrates. The BT25XL seals window perimeters to building substrates to create an impenetrable barrier. It is also suitable for other applications, including sealing joints in stucco insulation systems and wallboard joints in roof assemblies.
New features found on the Classic and Ultra Series Garden-Aire doors from Kolbe include a redesigned interlock with a stationary, exterior meeting stile cover of extruded aluminum. On the interior, a wood meeting stile filler runs the entire length of the active panel edge from top to bottom and conceals the interlocks.
Going forward with the minimalist trend, the Focus line of single-hole faucets by Hansgrohe has a smaller handle style and a solid brass construction. Aerators equipped with Hansgrohe's quick-cleaning Rubit ensure longevity. The series also features the company's Raindance S 100 AIR shower products.
According to third-party research conducted by Parks Associates, structured wiring was included in about 50 percent of all new homes in 2006. Eaton's Structured Wiring Solutions wing answers the call with the Multi-Room Audio Solution, which handles four audio source inputs and up to eight zone outputs. The system runs on standard Cat-5 wiring.
Allowing users to control their PCs through a flat-panel TV screen, the Multi-Function Controller from Auton can also receive RF, infrared, RS232 and low-voltage remote signals all in one unit. Previous models required separate units for each type of signal. The company also provides a line of automated lifts for heavy flat panel TVs.
The OmniTouch 5.7 from HAI allows home-owners to control lights and small appliances; security and temperature settings; pool and spa temperatures; ventilation; decorative lighting; Whole Home Audio Systems; surveillance video; and other items linked to an HAI Home Control system. In addition, it features a larger 5.7-inch LCD display using TFT technology for rich colors and better viewing angles.
As part of a cooperative effort with the Avocent Corp. Electrograph System's Emerge MPX 1000 is the first wireless high-definition media extender that provides both wired and wireless capabilities in one package. The IN76 projector also fits in the home theater, is fully HD-capable and supports gaming consoles.
Creating one point for wireless access is the HD24613 from HD Communications Corp. The port runs on a standard Cat-5 Ethernet cable for power and data. It installs in a single-gang box, and the company offers a low-voltage install ring as an option. The HD24613 has an RJ-45 connector on the front of the unit so users will not lose their wired connection while obtaining a wireless connection.
The JBL Cinema Sound CS480 compact 5.1-channel home theater loudspeaker system combines a distinctive high-gloss appearance with natural high-resolution sound. The system has four wall-mountable satellite speakers, a wall-mountable center channel and a powered subwoofer, as well as swivel and fixed wall-mount brackets and cables.
Four new packages from Lifeware allow builders to offer complete digital entertainment and home automation upgrades. Options include essential, deluxe and premium levels of equipment and sophistication. The company also offers its Lifeware 2.0 Windows Vista-capable interface that manages the home's subsystems through Vista Media Center.
Designed with full system integration in mind, the Vantage Controls' Axium 450 series multi-room amplifier is designed to work with keypad controllers or the company's InFusion automation system. The amplifier provides four zones of independent control with seven stereo sources at 50 watts RMS per channel.
The QuietBrace line from Temple-Inland offers sound-deadening sheathing in 4-foot widths and 8-, 9- and 10-foot lengths. The longer lengths increase installation efficiency by reducing piecing and fitting on 9- and 10-foot walls. Two thicknesses are available — 12 and 2532-inch — and it can be installed with nails or staples.
The 0.8E Durastand OSL 1¼" Rimboard from Ainsworth is engineered for flexible loads for short-span beams and headers and can be used in place of LVL or LSL over window and door openings up to 9 feet. It also provides a diaphragm attachment for sheathing and support and closures for joists and rafters. It meets ICC-ES building code standards and can also be used as part of an engineered floor system.
New technology from Guardian is the Fatt Batt fiberglass insulation product. Designed to meet stricter energy codes and higher R-value recommendations by the Department of Energy, the Fatt Batt can provide an R-value of R-49 with its 15-inch-thick construction. It is available faced and un-faced.
Structurwood floor panels, made by Weyerhaeuser and a new part of the company's iLevel brand, are available in two performance levels: Edge and Gold. The floor panels are made to consistent specifications and thickness and use a wood-resin combination for durability and resistance to edge swell.
Perimeter Plus Fiber Glass Blowing Insulation from Knauf is an un-bonded, virgin fibrous glass blowing insulation for use in new and existing structures as a blow-in blanket system for closed cavity applications in which ventilation is not required. It resists heat flow with an R-value of R-15 in 2 by 4 applications or R-23 in 2 by 6 structures.
Integrating light-gauge steel and EPS, the 3E Wall System consolidates the wall framing, sheathing, insulation and housewrap into one building component. According to the manufacturer, Accelerated Building Technologies, the system is 100 percent recyclable, and the walls will remain straight without shrinking and bending. The system is also a LEED point contributor.
The Posi-Strut metal web floor truss system developed by Mitek reportedly provides clear span flexibility and building design freedom. The company touts the open web configuration as cost-effective, labor reducing, easy-to-use and suitable for any conventional framing application, as well as ideal for floor joists and roof rafters.
Open Joist from Universal Forest Products is a new open web, all-wood floor truss product that allows mechanical systems such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be installed within the floor frame. It has top and bottom flanges of 2 by 3 and 2 by 4 for wider fastening and nailing surfaces. The joists do not require accessory pieces such as web stiffeners, squash blocks or web fillers.