Human beings have an insatiable desire to gather data—and not just about things that impact their lives. Seemingly inconsequential facts such as which is the highest grossing film of all time (Avatar) or who holds the career home run record in baseball (Barry Bonds), not to mention how many homers he hit (762), can take on monumental importance.

But this list of Builder’s 50 most popular products, compiled by our reader service bureau, Inquiry Management Systems in Toronto, is different. Why do we compile this list? Because it’s an informal survey of which products resonated with your colleagues over the past year and hence, important information for you to have to stay competitive. This year’s list contains cool cabinets, eco materials, and lots of energy-efficient products. Unlike knowing how many NFL teams have five Super Bowls (three), you don’t need to commit it to memory, but you should check it out to see what others may be putting in their houses in 2010.

1.  Timberlake Cabinetry: Sonoma Cherry Bordeaux
2.  Klip Biotechnologies: EcoTop surfacing
3.  The Fire Co.: Retro fireplace
4. GE Lighting: Energy Smart bulb
4.  GE Appliances: Profile double convection wall oven
6.  Trend USA: Liberty glass tile
7.  Armstrong Cabinet Products: ChefCenter
7.  Briggs & Stratton: Standby generator
9.  Lutron Electronics: RadioRA-SR
9.  Kohler Co.: Karbon faucet
9. Andersen Windows: 400 Series casement
12.  Viking Range Corp.: Induction range
12.  Generac Power Systems: Standby generator
14.  BISS Product Development: Carbide utility knife
14.  CertainTeed Corp.: CedarBoards XL insulated siding
14.  KraftMaid Cabinetry: Venicia cabinets 
17.  Therma-Tru Doors: Smooth-Star fiberglass door
17.  Trex Co.: Brasilia composite decking
17.  Pella Corporation: Designer Series casement window
20.  Green Glue: Soundproofing glue
20.  DuPont Quartz Surfaces: Zodiaq Terra collection 
20. KraftMaid Cabinetry: Venicia cabinets 
20.  DuPont Quartz Surfaces: Zodiaq Terra collection 
24.  Foscarini: Murano glass chandelier
24.  Delta Faucet Co.: Pilar faucet
24.  Andersen Windows: Sliding patio doors
24.  A.E.R.T.: EcoShield composite deck tiles
24.  Weather Shield Windows & Doors: Fiberglass-clad wood windows
24.  Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.: M12 cordless laser temp-gun
30.  JELD-WEN Windows & Doors: Carriage-house garage door
30.  Neo-Metro: Ebb sink
30.  Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens: Cabinets
30.  Humabuilt: Douglas fir interior doors
30.  Simpson Strong-Tie Co.: Connectors and hangers
30.  Goodman Mfg. Co.: 16 SEER heat pump
30.  Marvin Windows and Doors: Ultimate Casement
37.  Danze: Orrington vanity
37.  Hearth & Home Technologies: Simplifyre electric fireplace
37.  Schluter Systems: Ditra-XL tile underlayment
37.  Nichiha USA: KuraStone fiber-cement panels
37.  The Sliding Door Co.: Contemporary glass doors
37.  Milk Design: Metal railing
37.  Clipso USA: Fabric ceiling
37.  Danze: Fairmont faucet
37.  JELD-WEN Windows & Doors: Premium vinyl windows
37.  Isokern/Earthcore Industries: Pre-fabricated fireplace
47.  Silver Line Windows: Vinyl windows
47.  American Standard: Copeland lavatory faucet
47.  NuCedar Mills: NuCedar weatherboard
47.  Suntech Power: SolarEze solar roof membrane
47.  Kohler Co.: Groove shower receptor
47.  Owens Corning: PROPINK insulation
47.  Trove: Wood veneer wallcovering
47.  Heatilator: PureSky wood-burning fireplace