A Builders’ Show roundup

Like anyone in business, builders are looking for an edge, looking for efficiencies and looking for ways to keep customers happy. The 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., set the stage on all three counts. Here is a sampling of some of the ideas displayed.

Danze shower heads
From Woodridge, Ill.-based Danze Inc., the Danze 200 and the Danze 250 shower heads are equipped with a new shower head configuration that injects air directly into the shower head engine, providing an improved shower experience. The mixing of air and water provides three benefits: It increases water velocity and shower spray intensity, softens the feel of the shower spray by trapping air bubbles, and maintains water temperature. (danze.com)

Allied Moulded Compact Fluorescent Luminaire Fixtures
Allied Moulded Products, Inc., has introduced new energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Luminaire (LH-CFL1) keyless and (LH-CFL2) pull chain light fixtures that are sure to be a hit with homeowners. Designed for quick and easy installation for use in attics, basements, closets and garages, these fixtures use a GU24 base, 13-watt, squat compact fluorescent lamp with a 10,000-hour life. (alliedmoulded.com)

YKK AP StyleGuard Patio Doors
StyleGuard Impact-Resistant Patio Doors are designed for homes built in coastal areas subject to extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes. StyleGuard doors have been tested to ASTM and Miami-Dade protocols to resist impact from windborne debris. Four-point lock and exterior key lock are optional. (ykkap.com)

Hy-Lite DecoGuard
DecoGuard from Hy-Lite is a hurricane impact-resistant decorative glass window, offering protection from weather conditions associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. The 48-in. square designer window starts with a heavy-duty vinyl frame and impact-resistant laminated insulated glass. In addition, DecoGuard features a floral pattern kiln-fired directly onto the glass, black lines and frosted privacy glass. (hy-lite.com)

Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold
Weyerhaeuser has added another feature to its premium Edge Gold flooring panels, enhancing the panels’ resistance to rain and moisture. Down Pore self-draining technology channels water from the panels’ surfaces and drains it off the joists below, which reduces construction delays for contractors during inclement weather. The patent-pending Down Pore technology consists of three specially shaped drainage grooves on one of the narrow ends of each 4-ft. by 8-ft. panel. The unique design resists clogging from sawdust or adhesive, and allows water to drain even if the panels are not properly gapped. (woodbywy.com)

TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions
Earthwood Evolutions offers scratch, stain and fade resistance with warm, natural hardwood style and authentic, variegated color and graining. It is fully protected by a poly shell that features TimberTech’s exclusive HyrdoLock technology, making the plank impervious to the elements and everyday accidents. (timbertech.com)

Azek VAST Pavers
Azek VAST Composite Landscape Pavers are made from up to 95% recycled materials, which helps projects earn LEED certification. VAST composite masonry has the physical strength, durability and natural appearance to replace concrete, according to the company. The pavers weigh 8.2 lbs. per square foot, versus 30 or more lbs. per square foot for concrete permeable pavers. The patented grid system saves contractors time, reducing the amount of labor required for installation. (azek.com)

SimpliciKey
SimpliciKey has unveiled a new mobile Web application for its remote control, keyless deadbolt, which allows homeowners to unlock/lock their home from anywhere with the touch of a button. SimpliciKey offers an encrypted keyfob and a backlit, alphanumeric wireless keypad to accommodate up to 16 user codes. The deadbolt also allows the homeowner to use a traditional key. It requires AA batteries to operate and features a reversible lock system fit for both right- and left-hand doors, a sliding cover and three distinct finishes. (simplicikey.com)