2010 Builders' Show Products, Day 3

Solar roofing shingles, radiant heating, underlayment, and other introductions from the show floor.

CertainTeed. EnerGen solar roofing features Uni-Solar thin-film laminates that install with no roof penetrations and lie flush with traditional shingles for a streamlined appearance. The shingles provide .5 kW per 100 square feet. Designed for installation by building and roofing pros, the system comes with in pre-engineered kits with all components. www.certainteed.com. –Katy Tomasulo

Simpson Door Co. The manufacturer has added new designs to its Mastermark line of exterior wood doors. The Embarcadero 6468 French door and matching sidelight 6469 include silver caming that separates obscure and clear beveled sections of glass to create repeated geometrical shapes around a central medallion, giving the door a contemporary look. www.simpsondoor.com. –Victoria Markovitz

Dow. The company previewed its new Powerhouse solar shingles, building-integrated photovoltaics that install flat against the roof deck in the same manner as an asphalt shingle. The shingles require no on-roof wiring and can be installed by builders and roofers; the electrical circuitry is integrated into each shingle, the company says, and the shingles link to each other via plug-style connectors and then require only minimum roof penetration to connect to the home. Though specific specs are not yet available, Powerhouse, which will be available in 2011, is estimated to provide about 40 percent to 80 percent of a typical home’s energy needs. www.dow.com. –K.T.

Danfoss. Reflect electric floor heating installs under laminate and engineered wood without the need for grout or another substrate during installation. A Styrofoam backing gives the product an additional R-value. www.danfoss.com. –V.M.

Delta. The company’s new Universal Design Bathing Systems offer barrier-free options that are functional without feeling sterile. Zero-threshold shower bases feature a built-in trench drain with a decorative stainless steel cover; zero-threshold shower enclosures include integrated grab bars, a flip-up seat, a Grail 17T shower with TempAssure controls and thermostatic valve cartridge, and an ActivTouch handshower. Finally, the Transfer Tub (shown) features a bump-out ledge for easy seated entry/exit or assistance from another person, aesthetically pleasing curved grab bars, and a detachable flip-up seat. The units are made with Styrofoam-backed acrylic. www.deltafaucet.com. –K.T.

Typar. Surround SR is a new tear-resistant roofing underlayment that offers slip-resistance and covers five times more material in one roll than 30-pound felt, according to the firm. Additionally, Surround rolls are 40 percent lighter and 25 percent wider than felt. The product is backed by a 30-year warranty. www.surroundtypar.com. –V.M.

Amana. The Tandem laundry pair is designed to offer increased capacity, high efficiency, and a stylish look at a more affordable price point, says the firm. The Energy Star-rated washer uses 73 percent less water and 71 percent less energy than conventional top loaders, according to the company, and it is CEE Tier 3-qualified. Both units feature sound dampeners for quiet operation and “Touch and Go” controls for simple programming. www.insideadvantage.com. –K.T.

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