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Remodeling Product Extra | New Products for the Remodeling Market
The maker's products are compliant with CARB regulations initiated January 1, 2009. The regulation implements new limits for formaldehyde emitted from raw composite wood panels and products sold or used in California. The Xylem product line includes a diverse selection of bath furniture and fixtures, including vanities, faucets, mirrors, and sinks in traditional, transitional, and modern styles. 866.395.8112. www.xylem.biz.
LEED points are available to homes equipped with central vacuums like the Hide-A-Hose. Each inlet has a dedicated hose that is automatically retracted by the power unit's suction when vacuuming is finished. Hose lengths are customized to the size of the floor, covering up to 2,300 square feet. The maker says central vac systems help remove indoor air pollutants and allergens more effectively, without releasing particles back into the air. 877.851.4491. www.hideahose.biz.
Panasonic. Four new models of WhisperGreen ventilation fans are available. For 4-inch ducts, the new 80 cfm models FV-08VKM2 and FV-08VKS2 operate at just 0.3 sone. For 6-inch ducts, new 130 CFM models FV-13VKM2 and FV-13VKS2 operate at just 0.5 sone. All four models feature variable speed controls and a 60-minute delay timer. The 4-inch models feature the SmartAction motion sensor that activates the fan when someone enters the room. 800.211.7262. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.
Showercork flooring is made with ??-inch pieces of cork cut from post-industrial wine corks. The durable material is suitable for wet applications such as shower floors and pool surrounds, is slip resistant, comes prefinished or unfinished, and offers thermal and acoustical properties. The sheets, which come 12 inches by 24 inches, are adhered with thinset or glue and then grouted. 303.544.6076. www.sustainable
The industry's first pellet fireplace, the Edge 60, is a safe, clean, and environmentally friendly heat source that complements any home d??cor, thanks to four front options. Delivering 60,000 BTUs, the Edge 60 can warm as much as 2,500 square feet of living space. Advanced Energy multi-fuel pellet technology allows homeowners to use a range of fuel pellets, such as wood, grass, corn, or wheat, in the 120-pound hopper. A programmable thermostat regulates heat output. 800.926.4356. www.quadrafire.com
A new integrated building system combines the maker's UltraCool-coated metal roofing with integrated PV, solar hot water heating, and rainwater harvesting. The SunNet solar standing-seam roof features ??-inch-thick laminate solar collectors. Mounted underneath is a solar thermal system that draws heat from the roof and transfers it to the hot-water system. Finally, three rainwater harvesting kits capture water for non-potable use; integrated LeafGuard and Gutter Tunnel protection help keep debris out of the containment tanks. 800.364.5378. www.englertinc.com
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