New products debuting at the 2010 International Builders' Show.
Gaco Western. HFC-blown 184 BIO spray-foam insulation is derived from naturally renewable oils, post-consumer recycled plastics, and pre-consumer recycled materials. The Class I fire-rated foam offers an average R-value of 6.2 per inch, the firm says, and can reduce a home’s carbon footprint by up to 13% per year. 800.331.0196. www.gaco.com.
Kenmore. The 4.2-cubic-foot-capacity SteamCare washer features Smart Motion technology, a direct-drive motor that creates a customized blend of five wash motions to custom clean each garment type. The Energy Star-qualified unit also includes a Cold Clean cycle that cleans as effectively as warm-water cycles, a Steam Care Generator that helps deep clean and refresh clothes, a Kids Wear cycle, and a Stain Treat option. The companion SteamCare dryer offers a 7.4-cubic-foot capacity and includes a Steam Refresh cycle to relax wrinkles and reduce odors in 20 minutes, and Sensor Dry technology for accurate drying times. 888.536.6673. www.kenmore.com.
Marvin. The maker’s sliding patio and sliding French doors now feature a low-profile sill. Just 3/4 inches off the base flooring, the low-profile sill provides an easy transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Those looking for a clean aesthetic will appreciate the flush profile, while aging-in-place professionals will value the product’s ADA compliance. Constructed of pultruded fiberglass Ultrex material, the low-profile sill offers strength and durability of higher sills, and is certified as DP40 on most sliding doors. 888.537.8266. www.marvin.com.
Overhead Door. Designed for reliability and value, the Legacy 800 Chain opener features a 1/2 –horsepower HPc Power Plus DC motor and a chain system. The motor operates at variable speeds for a soft start and stop, resulting in less wear and tear on the garage door, but is still powerful enough to accommodate heavy doors. Simplified limit setting and programming help ease installation, while remote and accessory options, including compatibility with Car2U and HomeLink in-car universal remotes make homeowner operation easy. The system’s self-diagnostic function alerts homeowners of improper operation and helps identify problems and solutions. 800.929.1277. www.overheaddoor.com.
Panasonic. Available for spot or continuous ventilation, the WhisperGreen-Lite FV-08VKML2 vent fan offers variable-speed control from 0 to 80 cfm, a delay timer, and a SmartAction Motion Sensor, which activates when a person enters the room and returns to a pre-set lower speed when they depart. Designed for 4-inch ducts, the fan operates at less than 0.3 sones and includes two 18-watt CFL bulbs and a 4-watt nightlight bulb. The unit is Energy Star-rated and HVI-certified. 866.292.7292. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.
Progress Lighting. Le Papier CFL fabric sconces are made-to-order with a variety of decorative element options, including a decorative acrylic paper in a choice of patterns and colors; nickel and bronze finishes; and end caps for luminance below or above the fixture. An inner transmissive element diffuses the CFL light for balanced illumination. Shown here is Whimsy White paper with a brushed nickel finish. 864.678.1000 www.progresslighting.com.
Simpson Strong-Tie. Strong-Drive screws offer an alternative to nails for use in many of the manufacturer’s connectors. According to the firm, single-fastener load values for SD9 and SD10 screws exceed those of typical 10d or 16d common nails, respectively, for certain applications; an optimized shank is designed to match the diameter of fastener holes in the company’s connectors. Featuring a galvanized coating, the screws can be used for interior and most exterior applications. 800.999.5099. www.strong-tie.com.
Topcon. The rugged, portable LC-4X cross-line laser projects one horizontal line, three vertical lines, and a plumb beam. It features automatic self-leveling, one-button cycle operation, variable beam options, and an angle lock. The laser, which includes universal mounts, comes with an L5-VHX laser receiver for a working range up to 130 feet. 925.245.8300. www.topconpositioning.com.
Typar. Fiberweb Surround SR synthetic roofing underlayment provides secondary weather protection at a more affordable price than standard asphalt underlayment, the firm says. According to the company, the material is tear-resistant, won’t wrinkle or absorb water when wet, and, at 27 pounds per 10-square roll, saves on labor compared to 30-pound felt. It comes in 45-inch rolls. 615.847.7137. www.typar.com.