The biggest annual professional industry conference for those in construction Is the International Builder Show (IBS). There are so many vendors that set up displays to show what they have to offer, it is enough to fill 3 football fields. Some notable differences this year are more products for the smart home, and for outdoor living. Homes systems and appliances are becoming more interconnected and able to communicate, be monitored or manipulated via our electronic devices. For example, Jenn-Air wall ovens can communicate with the Nest Thermostat to adjust because the oven is putting heat the kitchen. There were more outdoor living offerings reflecting the trend to transform the outside into fully functional living and entertainment spaces. There are more weather proof cabinetry styles, appliances, furniture and entertainment systems.
Each year a panel of about 30 judges decide which products entered in the competition for best of show are the most innovative, functional, and have good design. About five finalists and a winner are selected in each category. This year there were over 400 entries. It is an exciting way to find out about new innovations that are recommended by experts. Here is a highlight of the winners.
Best of Show and Best of Kitchen Products: Aqua Boy II by Atmospheric Water Solutions
This system filters and purifies the air and removes water in the process to provide clean, pure drinkable, hot or cold water. It generates up to 2 to 5 gallons of water a day, with the optimal atmospheric conditions being around 75 degrees and 40% humidity. This invention has won global awards for being a sustainable and semi-renewable solution for the need for clean drinking water.
Best Bath Product: Marble Attaché by Daltile
Daltile has developed the ability to mimic the luxurious look of marble and travertine on porcelain tile. Not only will it bring a savings to the consumer, it will also be easier to maintain since porcelain is not porous. They come in the format of large planks, tile, as well as mosaic tiles in matte, satin, and polished finishes.
Best Energy Efficient Product: Intelli-Balance 100 by Panasonic Eco Solutions North America
This system helps balance the air exchange of fresh outdoor air with the indoor air without bringing in unwanted humidity or heat. It can be vented directly into the home, or into the HVAC unit, and as the judges reported, is an industry game changer.
Best Green Building Product: The Greyter HOME by Greyter Water Systems
The Greyter HOME enables an efficient grey water recycling in the home. Typically one third of household water use is for showering/bathing, and a third is used for flushing toliets. The system will take the water from showering/bathing, and will filter out material (e.g. hair), remove soap residue, and store water to fill toilet tanks, saving about 30% of the household’s water use. While it is processing the recycled water, it can use the heat from the water to heat the water coming into the hot water tank.
Best Indoor Living Product: Brinks Home Security Array Deadbolt by Hampton Products International
This smart lock works with the existing Wi-Fi enabling the ability to open or lock via electronic devices. One can issue key codes with an approved window of time that the digital deadbolt will work, e.g. for cleaning service.The battery is recharged by the sun.
Best Window & Door Product: Multiglide Door by Anderson Windows
The new MultiGlide patio door wall offers larger door panels that can be motorized for ease of use. They will come in contemporary or traditional panel style in aluminum or aluminum wood clad for openings up to 25 feet whide and 10 feet tall. The panel widths can be 28-60 inches wide and 76 ½ to 116 ½ inches tall.
Best Innovative Building Product: Regal Aluminum Railing with LED by Regal Ideas
Regal Aluminum railing comes with either aluminum posts or tempered glass inserts (for an unobstructed view or to block wind) that are lit up with built in LED lighting system for a cool factor. It can serve as a deck boundary,
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