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.

• Move over panels; researchers at Notre Dame have formulated a wall paint that can generate solar electricity.

• Blow-in insulation, textured tile, cool doorbells, and seven other products Builder magazine thinks you should be using in 2012.

• BuildingGreen has posted nine products under consideration for the GreenSpec Directory and is soliciting public opinion. Weigh in here.

• Residential Design + Build’s editorial director offers up 5 sustainability trends for 2012.

• Wintertime got you feeling a bit chilly? Here are 13 fireplaces to warm–and wow–you.

• Building energy-efficient homes starts with proper neighborhood planning.

• Pantone’s color of the year is Tangerine Tango, described as a “rich, spicy, warm, and energizing hue.” Orange you glad they didn’t say banana yellow?

• 15 terrific tiny house projects prove that good things really do come in small packages.

• The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has revised two specifications related to secondary storm products.

• In case you missed it, here are 10 interesting, arty, or out-there backsplashes.

Images via Science DailyPantone.

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