2012 International Builders' Show Highlights

A sampling of some of the innovative new products showcased at this year's International Builders' Show.

  1. Best in Show

    Best in Show

    After a five-year absence, Bob Vila returned to the 2012 International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando to see what new products are influencing building today and to kick off the first of the IBS Live events scheduled for the show. After speaking to an engaged audience about current trends in housing, he and the BobVila.com team took time to see what companies were showing off.

  2. Formica 180fx

    Formica 180fx

    Formica introduces Dolce Vita—one of five large-scale granite patterns in their new 180fx series—along with edge treatments that defy the standard of laminate counter installations.


  3. Lennox iComfort Thermostat

    Lennox iComfort Thermostat

    Lennox showcased its iComfort Touch® Touchscreen Thermostat, which enables homeowners to monitor and adjust the temperature at home from anywhere in the world. The device also provides live weather data, a five-day forecast, and service alerts and reminders.


  4. James Hardie HardiePlank

    James Hardie HardiePlank

    James Hardie, manufacturer of fiber cement products, exhibited four new HardiePlank Lap Siding profiles; two of them—Custom Beaded Cedarmill and Custom Colonial Roughsawn—featuring a foolproof wood-grain look and texture.


  5. Armstrong Luxe Plank

    Armstrong Luxe Plank

    Armstrong, known for its wide range of wood, laminate, vinyl, stone and linoleum flooring products, introduced Luxe Plank, a beautiful wood-patterned vinyl plank floor that is installed easily and securely with self-adhesive flanges.


  6. Owens Corning EcoTouch Insulation

    Owens Corning EcoTouch Insulation

    Owens Corning’s EcoTouch Insulation is formaldehyde-free and made with 99 percent natural materials, a minimum of 36 percent post-consumer recycled content, and 58 percent total recycled content.


  7. AZEK VAST Pavers

    AZEK VAST Pavers

    AZEK, known for PVC decking, trim and moldings, previewed its VAST Composite Landscape Pavers line. Made almost entirely from recycled materials, the easy-to-install 4” x 8” pavers come in five colors, weigh less than traditional pavers and install easily on a grid system.


  8. Jeld-Wen Windows

    Jeld-Wen Windows

    Jeld Wen—with its proprietary AuraLast wood surface-to-core protection that results in 96% fewer VOCs than conventional solvent-based dip treatments—showcased its custom wood double hung window program, that includes options like reclaimed wood and copper cladding.   


  9. Shaw DuraTru Sheet Vinyl

    Shaw DuraTru Sheet Vinyl

    Shaw showed off three new stone-like porcelain and ceramic tile designs, as well as this DuraTru wood-patterned resilient sheet vinyl product. 


  10. Kohler's DTVII

    Kohler's DTVII

    Kohler presented DTVII, a device that controls water, sound, light and steam, enabling the homeowner to digitally customize every shower experience. 


  11. DuPont Corian Surfacing

    DuPont Corian Surfacing

    Eight new spice-infused colors have been added to DuPont’s Corian line of solid surfacing material. Made from 95% post-consumer recycled waste, DuPont surfacing continues to demonstrate the versatility of its fabrication process with colored accent borders, backsplash applications, and seamless and standalone sink installations.


  12. Lutron RadioRA 2 System

    Lutron RadioRA 2 System

    The Lutron RadioRA 2 wireless system offers light, shade, temperature and appliance controls from a variety of wall-mounted keypads and handheld remotes within the house, or from anywhere on the road using the Lutron Total Home+ mobile app.


  13. Trex Elevations

    Trex Elevations

    Trex, producer of composite decking material made from recycled wood and reclaimed plastic, previewed three new deck colors plus LED lighting for stair, railing and deck installations. The company also introduced Elevations, a new metal deck-framing system providing a more stable under-mount.


  14. More on IBS

    More on IBS

    To learn more about the products that impressed us at the 2012 International Builders' Show, check out Home Building Trends 2012


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