Top 5 trends from the 2014 Builders’ Show

Top 5 trends from the 2014 Builders’ Show

Some 75,000 builders, designers, remodelers, and more descended on Las Vegas last week for the 2014 International Builders’ Show. For the first time ever, the show shared the stage with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Add in a steadily improving housing market, and there was plenty of pep on the floor of the convention center. There was also a lot of ground to cover, including 1,220 exhibitors spread across 650,000 square feet. Our editors and market … (read more)

Builders’ Show: New features make generators easier to use

Builders’ Show: New features make generators easier to use

More and bigger storms like Hurricane Sandy have driven generator sales through the roof. You can check whether some of the latest models are working with your cell phone—and sidestep fueling issues when gas stations are closed. New models on display at the International Builders’ Show can be monitored from a smart phone or run on propane instead of gasoline.

GE’s new 8,000-watt and 10,000-watt standby generators can power practically everything in your house—including washers and ovens for the … (read more)

Builders’ Show: Kohler showerhead streams music and water

Builders’ Show: Kohler showerhead streams music and water

Why sing in the shower a capella when you can get a full orchestra accompaniment with the push of a button. A portable speaker on Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead can stream music from a smart phone, MP3 player, laptop, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 32 feet away. The singing showerhead was turning heads at this week’s International Builders’ Show.

Just pop the speaker into the magnetic base in the center of the Kohler showerhead and activate the speaker … (read more)

Builders’ Show: Smart thermostats that learn your routine

Builders’ Show: Smart thermostats that learn your routine

High-definition screens, web-enabled controls, smart capabilities—you’d expect to find these features on the latest televisions and tablets. But increasingly they’re also on thermostats, as manufacturers look to up the wow factor of these relatively mundane products, while also making them easier to use. These features, which were on some of the top-rated thermostats from our latest tests, are also on new models introduced by Lenox and Honeywell at the International Builders’ Show.

Lennox’s icomfort Wi-Fi thermostat “allows users to … (read more)

Builders’ Show: Sherwin-Williams paint fights odors and mold

Builders’ Show: Sherwin-Williams paint fights odors and mold

Sherwin-Williams ups the ante for greenest paint claims with the unveiling of its reformulated Harmony Interior Paint with “Formaldehyde Reducing Technology,” at the International Builders’ Show. The company claims it’s the first of its kind in the coatings industry.

The new Harmony paint, available in eggshell and flat finishes for $ 49 per gallon, supposedly contains zero volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, in both its base coat and the colorants that are added at the point of purchase. Other paints … (read more)