Builders’ Show, Day Two

Owens Corning Panther

Owens-Corning Panther

Day two at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando turned up some more great introductions. I started the day tailing the Owens Corning Panther (no kidding!) before ending up with the team from HGTVremodels at the Cool Energy House in Windemere, FL—a deep-energy retrofit demonstration house that will save more than an estimated 50% in total energy costs. Here are some of the discoveries sandwiched in between.

Trex showcased a variety of new offerings, from stair and railing lighting to outdoor furniture collections (all flat-shipped for RTA). Another new introduction: a new steel deck framing system called Elevations.

Elevations Steel Deck Framing System from Trex

“Elevations” Steel Deck Framing System from Trex.

Lennox, home heating and cooling specialists, introduced iComfort—a thermostat that lets you do “pretty much anything… from pretty much anywhere.” The Wi-Fi device allows you to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature from any smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device.

Lennox iComfort Thermostat

Lennox iComfort Wi-Fi Thermostat

DuPont introduced some beautiful new spice-infused colors in their Zodiaq quartz line (Coarse Pepper, Caraway, Poppy Seed, Chicory and Sage) and Corian solid surface (Hazelnut, Basil, Cilantro and Arrowroot). Still love those Corian seamless, integrated sinks.

DuPont's Corian counter with integrated sink.

DuPont’s Corian solid surface with seamless, integrated sink.

Shaw Floors introduced three new stone-like porcelain and ceramic tile designs, but the company’s resilient new DuraTru sheet vinyl, especially in the wood grain pattern, was a show-stopper. Durable, comfortable underfoot, and easy to maintain.

Shaw's DuraTru Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Shaw’s DuraTru Resilient Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Opening Day at the Builders’ Show