BUILDER'S Top 25 Products of 2014

A look back at the most popular products from 2014

Daqri's Smart Helmet boasts 360 degree navigation cameras, an industrial-grade inertial measurement system, and a high resolution 3D depth camera.

CertainTeed’s new InvisiPro products utilize a hidden fastening system to provide a clean finishing touch for exterior trim. Made from Restoration Millwork cellular PVC, the new offerings feature precision-fit concealed flanges that secure directly to the wall. The One-Piece Corner System and the Three-Piece Trimboard system for windows and doors are both available in a variety of woodgrain and smooth finishes and in multiple sizes. Restoration Millwork, the only PVC exterior trim to be covered by an independent life cycle assessment, offers high durability and uses 21 percent recycled content.

TimberTech DrySpace secures between the deck joists to route water away from the space beneath. The system forms a ceiling made from off-white solid extruded vinyl, which the firm says lightens the area below. Designed for new or existing second-story decks with 12-inch or 16-inch on-center joist spacing, TimberTech also offers an optional gutter and downspout to ensure water is drained away from the usable space beneath. 

Hardwood Designs Co. The mesquite flooring in
this Texas home and Watermark Awards merit winner captures a pure, site-specific essence.  Mesquite is also extremely stable and is about equal on the Janka hardness scale to exotic woods such as mahogany. For this custom installation the 6-inch planks feature a beveled edge to distinguish each board. Pricing starts at $12 to $14 per square foot.

Orbital Systems shower design recycles water to reduce water consumption by 90 percent. They are now installed in sports arenas, fire stations, and fitness centers around Sweden.

The Natura Collection takes natural stone in a unique direction with patterns that evoke nature, the plant kingdom, and a wealth of exotic or native woods in elegant geometric, leaf and plant motif surface decorations that are perfect for floors or walls. The Italian manufacturer’s exclusive process etches patterns and colors onto the stone. Shown here is the Magnolia Design.

A GeoSpring heater can operate more efficiently than standard water heaters by using heat-pump technology to absorb the heat from ambient air and transfer it to water, while providing the same amount of water as a standard electric 50-gallon water heater,  says Dave Kresta, senior product manager of the emerging technology group at NEEA.

RangeCraft can fabricate just about any hood you can dream up, but several classic styles are also available to choose from. The Canterbury design, shown, is available in wall- or ceiling-mounted models and features smoothly rounded corners that can be dressed with rivets and decorative banding. Choose from materials including copper, brass, stainless steel, or any combination thereof, all available in mirror or antique finishes. Halogen lights and patented Micro baffle filters come standard.

Freestanding tubs are catching on. This one, placed inside the frameless glass shower, offers a new twist on the wet room, complete with a rain shower head. Builder: Schumacher Homes, Charlotte N.C.

Ergodyne Arsenal 5843 Tool Backpack

The Ergodyne Arsenal 5843 Tool Backpack has two main interior compartments and a tall tool holster on an exterior side panel.

Falltech Body Harness Safety harnesses are known for two things: saving lives and being uncomfortable. Falltech hopes to eliminate the second part of that equation with Flowtech. The lightweight harness reduces heat discomfort by allowing air to circulate around the padded back shoulder and waist areas. It has quick-connect clips, twist-resistant straps, forged aluminum D-rings, and a nine-position belt to support tool bags. 

Expand your outdoor lighting from posts and stair risers to the deck railing itself with i-Lighting's Iluma Rail Lighting. Compatible with most any deck or outdoor railing system, the product line uses the maker's proprietary LED Lighting Simplified connection technology. Its sleek, easily hidden 5 mm design comes in 4-, 6-, or 8-foot sections containing strategically located LED strips to ensure cost effective operation and long life. Use the components independently with an outdoor power supply, or with the iLuma Stair Lighting kit include the maker's custom low-voltage DC system and Easy Plug connections. Want an easy way to spec a lighting plan? Customers can fax their plans to the manufacturer and the company will specify the project's lighting with a short lead time at no additional cost. iLighting | 888.305.4232 |

Pure Genius flooring from Canada-based Lauzon is activated by natural or artificial light and the movement of air to continuously break down airborne toxins and create a constant supply of fresh indoor air. Studies show that the air in rooms installed with Pure Genius is up to 85 percent cleaner than spaces without the flooring, the firm says.

The Granith line from TheSize offers natural granites for countertop, flooring, and wall cladding applications. All 11 colors are available in a polished finish—brown amber also comes in a satin finish—and are designed for an exotic yet timeless appearance. The granite is selected from controlled quarries in Angola, Brazil, and Zimbabwe, and is produced with tight sustainability and resource protection controls, says the firm.

The experimental bathroom, designed by Caltech engineers and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, runs on solar power to flush, disinfect, and recycle human waste into water for the toilet, urinal, sink, and “squat pan” that are part of the side-by-side restroom and treatment unit.

Heat & Glo’s ultra-modern Mezzo series of gas fireplaces feature LED underlighting beneath crushed glass, which comes in six different colors. Mezzo uses the IntelliFire Ignition System, which constantly monitors ignition to ensure safe and efficient functioning—the technology also can be used with a programmable wireless remote. The design is highly customizable; buyers can choose between single-sided or see-through models, two different sizes, and three front profiles in three finishes. 

Perlick Refrigerator The 24-inch Signature Series Outdoor Dual-Zone undercounter refrigerator is the first of its size to feature two independently controlled temperature zones, according to the company. The unit features commercial-grade stainless steel doors, UV-coated glass doors with anti-condensation technology, a commercial-grade compressor, and full-extension pull-out shelves. 

Lea Ceramiche Designed by Diego Grandi, Type-32 is an exercise in creating a new graphic language for flooring design. It overlays detailed wood patterns in cool and warm tones with stylized oblique lines. When laid together, the porcelain tiles create a contemporary interpretation of traditional herringbone floors. The collection uses the firm’s Slimtech long slat sizing, 20 centimeters by 200 centimeters, with a 5mm thickness.

The Floor Plan App from Stanley digitally measures and creates floor plans. Using a smartphone or tablet’s camera, users view a room or space through the app’s augmented reality function and can designate placement of room corners and doors. The app’s intuitive software estimates and automatically populates each room with dimensions and square footage calculations.

Quick Drain’s new decorative channel drains have a lot to offer: beautiful design, easy installation, ADA compliance, and a shower pan solution. The grilles from architect Michael Graves create an attractive curbless universal designed shower. They are an easy way to set your bathrooms apart with a product that is usually more of an afterthought than an asset, said the IBS Best Product Award judges, who named the drains the Best Bath Product of this year’s show. Choices include the fluid-looking Waves and contemporary Cosmo styles, both available in brushed and polished stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze finishes.

Celebrating its debut at the show this week and winner of Best of IBS 2014 for Best Home Technology product, trutankless from the Bolllente Companies claims its electric tankless technology eliminates issues with scaling and mineral build-up. The heat exchanger—actually four copper heat exchangers with ceramic insulation—comes with a lifetime limited warranty. The units are Wi-Fi compatible and have self-aware features that can detect leaks, automate service calls, and communicate directly with the installer. A user App, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets, allows remote temperature settings, calendar settings, and error notifications.

The Heatworks Model 1, the first all digital water heater, is compact enough to be installed at the point of use. Instead of using metal heating elements, an array of graphite electrodes and electronic controls heat water through an electric current. Temperature is auto-adjusted by the unit 60 times a second.

Heated jackets allow for onsite warmth with fewer layers

Steel boxes measuring 18 inches high by 35 inches wide with a depth of 24 inches act as the house’s structure, exterior finish, and interior storage.

The Mega Capacity Door-in-Door refrigerator is LG's first double Door-in-Door model. The model provides additional storage and conserves cold air. 

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