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 »

Buzz: Product News Roundup — Farewell Foyers Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week:

• Good-bye soaring foyers, hello entryway “drop zones.” The Wall Street Journal offers a look at what homebuyers in today’s economy want.

• In promising energy-efficiency news, Lowe’s will soon start selling VuCorp’s Electron Simulated Luminescence 19.5-watt light bulbs, which can replace a 65-watt incandescent but, unlike traditional CFLs, are mercury-free, turn on instantly, and are fully dimmable.

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