New: Products of the Week, 12.30.11

Happy New Year! Here are five new products to close out 2011, including lightweight gypsum, a 1930s-inspired vanity, and a deck-gate kit. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup – Royal Wave Edition

The holidays didn’t slow the flow of interesting building product news last week. Here are a few stories that caught our attention, including Queen Elizabeth’s alternative energy installation, solar-generating paint, 2012 trends, fabulous fireplaces, and more.

• The Queen’s Gone Green: A pair of turbines installed in the River Thames will generate enough wave-powered electricity to power most of Windsor Castle. Read the rest of this entry »

Innovation: Schlage Introduces First Alarmed Lock

Earlier this month, Schlage unveiled the industry’s first residential door lock with a built-in alarm. Unlike traditional security systems, which trigger after an intruder has already gotten in the house, this entryset sounds when it detects vibration or motion at the door.

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Showcase: 10 Unique Backsplashes

With the vast array of glass, porcelain, and metal tiles on the market, the options for creating one-of-a-kind backsplashes in the kitchen and the bath are limitless. Here are 10 that stand out for their elegant simplicity, creative combinations, or artful aesthetics.

Simply Radical
A truly one-of-a-kind option, this colorful backsplash made with recycled skateboards is featured in a kitchen in the Lofts at Cherokee Studios multifamily project in L.A. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup—Treasured Islands Edition

What’s new in the world of building products this week, including 30 kitchen island ideas, climbing material prices, prepping for “Bulb Apocalypse,” super-efficient solar, universal design trends, and much more.

• From round to hexagonal, purple to yellow, metal to wood, this collection of 30 kitchen islands will inspire creativity no matter your design style.

• Can streetlights save lives and create jobs? Chattanooga thinks so.

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New: Products of the Week, 12.16.11

Five new products, including two luxurious soaking tubs, nature-imitating tiles, and class-leading band saws. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup—Green Megatrends Edition

Green building predictions, wind turbines aflame, pond-scum-inspired solar, and other building product news of note this week. 

• The top 13 green stories of 2011…

• …and 10 green building megatrends for 2012.

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