IBS Preview: building products for high performance homes

IBS Preview: building products for high performance homes

Photo Courtesy of DuPont.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, building product manufacturers will display the latest and best products that are an integral part of today's high performance home.

In fact, more than half of homebuilders expect to be doing 60 percent or more of their new homes green by 2020, according to the new Dodge Data & Analytics’ new SmartMarket Report.

During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well, according to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and with the support of Ply Gem Industries, a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America.

Here's a look at some of the hot products that will be on display in Las Vegas, Jan. 19-21 at IBS and the simultaneous Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

Ply Gem will showcase its exterior products in a custom designed structure, titled the Home of Solutions. Located in Show Village, the Home of Solutions will demonstrate and educate builders and remodelers on how to grow their business using Ply Gem’s products and design tools.

Products will be exhibited in a real-life home setting and organized by four solution centers: ‘Killer Curb Appeal,’ ‘Perform in the Storm,’ ‘Comfort by Design,’ and ‘Build Your Business.’ In addition to viewing products on an actual house, visitors will experience a one-of-a-kind interactive tour that responds to the key attributes customers want in a home.

DuPont Building Innovations will demonstrate products in live demos at its booth on demonstration walls. Brands on display include:

• DuPont™ Tyvek® ThermaWrap® R5.0

• DuPont™ Tyvek® StuccoWrap®

• DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap®

• DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainWrap™

• Tyvek® ThermaWrap® LE

• DuPont™ StraightFlash™

• DuPont™ StraightFlash™ VF

• DuPont™ FlexWrap™ NF

• DuPont™ Flashing Tape

True Residential will display its Clear Ice Machine, a 15-inch undercounter clear ice machine that qualifies for Energy Star. It produces up to 70 lbs. of clear ice per day with a storage capacity of 28 lbs, and its dense, top-hat shaped cubes have no air bubbles for a slower melt time so you don’t water down your drink

SMEG, an Italian domestic appliances brand, will display a variety of large and small appliances, including existing models and yet-to-be released prototypes. Prototypes include a new Linea WallOven, a Retro '50s Style Dishwasher, a Combi Steam Oven and more. Among these new appliances, SMEG will also feature current product offerings, such as the brand's renowned Retro '50s Style small appliances. 

Dow will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of STYROFOAM as well as showcasing its building science innovations that meet the changing demands of energy efficiency and reliability – would this be something that Proud Green Home would be interested in covering?

Meeting interest from homeowners in higher performing buildings, STYROFOAM™ can save money on utility bills, maximize occupant comfort and minimize the overall environmental footprint. Over its lifetime, the product can save over 30 times the energy embodied in it.

Trane will display the Nexia smart home system. The Nexia smart home system gives homeowners peace of mind by integrating all of the smart devices into a single monitoring tool, allowing them to remotely manage features and functions of the home from any Internet-enabled device – from thermostats to lights and locks.

For building professionals and tech-savvy homeowners,FLIRwill exhibit the new TG130 Spot Thermal Camera. The TG130 allows do-it-yourself homeowners and small business owners to quickly find and troubleshoot temperature-related issues around the house. Designed for seasonal home inspections and home repairs, the TG130 helps visually pinpoint temperature issues that can help reduce home energy costs. FLIR’s full suite of professional products, featuring infrared guided measurement, will also be on display including the C2 and CM174. The C2 is the world’s first full-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed for building industry experts and contractors. The CM174 is the only clamp meter with the power to lead you to problems you can’t see with a standard clamp meter.

Insulfoam will feature its Platinum graphite polystyrene, which is an entirely new class of rigid foam insulation with R-values that increase as the temperature decreases – and, their experts can provide insights on efficient processes for insulating homes.

Eldorado Stone will launch more than 70 new products at the show. On display will be all-new, handcrafted products including premier stone veneer profiles, colors, fire bowls and the recentlyreleased Eldorado Natural Stone.

  • The Modern Collection by Eldorado Stone: Inspired by simple beauty and elegance, the newest collection, including six new stone veneer profiles and 34 never-before-seen colors, accentuates contemporary designs with refined colors and clean lines which blend or contrast neighboring elements.
  • Eldorado Natural Stone: Any design that incorporates natural stone offers raw and natural allure, and with the four new stone profiles and 27 new colors, architects can select from more top-tier, quality choices.
  • Eldorado Artisan Fire Bowls: Six new highly-anticipated artisan fire bowl designs will transform any outdoor living space by providing warmth with a modern aesthetic.

Milgard Windows & Doors will introduce two new products, part of the Milgard Essence Series wood windows and doors product line, which combines the beauty of solid wood with the durability of fiberglass.

  • Essence Series swing doors – The newest door in the product line comes in a variety of configurations and features a newly designed handle in seven finishes. The swing door is crafted for superior performance with a design pressure DP40 air, water and structural rating.
  • Essence Series radius casement window – The newest window in the product line is available in radius and gable operable casement styles and designed with a durable phenolic exterior that allows more flexibility for custom shapes. The Essence Series radius casement window is designed for a clean, streamlined look and features concealed hinges and an innovative folding/nesting handle that tucks away when not in use.

Both products beautifully complement existing styles within Essence Series with a solid wood interior in Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir, Natural Pine or Primed Pine and durable fiberglass exterior in 16 powder-coated colors.

During the show, an estimated 220,000 attendees and media will have the chance to tour the NextGen Home TV Net Zero + Healthy Home. The home will feature the first-of-its- kind in water filtration by Environmental Water Systems (EWS).

EWS is well known for offering solid protection from common tap water contaminants like chlorine, chloramine, VOCs, THMs, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Its latest innovation comes in the form of the ESSENTIAL Max Flow, a California-made, compact water filtration unit that features plug-and-play technology and requires no extra faucet. Its small size and powerful filtration capabilities make it the first and only water filtration of its kind.

EWS has been a leader in whole home water filtration since 1987, and is distributed through more than 700 kitchen and bath showrooms and building and plumbing supply houses throughout the United States. All of its products are engineered and manufactured in California, and in use by hospitals, health centers, military bases, hotels, and thousands of private homes worldwide.

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Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Energy Star, Exteriors, Healthy Homes, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Kitchen, Remodeling, Siding, Sustainable Products, Thermal Envelope, Water Filtration & Water Quality, Water Saving Devices

Companies: Dow Building Solutions, Environmental Water Systems


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