Launch Slideshow

Builder's Show

Builder's Show

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    SL70 Hurricane Series glass walls Nanawall www.nanawall.com Aluminum-frame glass walls with hurricane-resistant insulated glass -- Rated for AAMA hurricane standards -- Monumental sizing available -- Floor-mounted -- NFRC-approved thermal performance and Energy Star-rated

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    Bath Grab Bars Kohler www.kohler.com ADA- and ANSI-compliant Traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles Coordinates with existing Kohler product suites Available in lengths of 12, 18, 24, 32, 36, and 42 inches Finishes include polished chrome and brushed stainless

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    Southwest Collection millwork Fypon www.fypon.com Woodgrain stainable urethane millwork designed to complement stucco finishes Pieces come preprimed in neutral, oatmeal-colored material Will not rot, warp, crack, or peel and is insect- and weather-resistant More than 140 SKUs include shutters, decorative millwork, faux beams, and beam strapping

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    Uni-Solar photovoltaic laminates and shingles
    United Solar Ovonic
    www.uni-solar.com
    Flexible, lightweight laminates encapsulated in UV stabilized polymers - Peel-and-stick application - Virtually unbreakable - Shadow and high-heat tolerant - Laminate power ratings range from 64 watts to 136 watts - Shingle variety has a power rating of 17 watts

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    ReCote brick finish Boral Bricks www.boralbricks.com Creates a sanded, mattetextured monolithic look Five times thicker than standard paint: 20-22 mils thick Formulated for true masonry systems Sprayapplies in one application Available in 30 colors

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    StoQuik Silver system Sto Corp. www.stocorp.com Delivers stucco look in a faster application for exterior wall and ceiling applications Incorporates moisture- and abuse-resistant cement board substrate and Sto's reinforced base Coats three systems: StoQuik Silver I, StoQuik Silver NEXT, and StoQuik Silver NEXT-Ventilated Costeff ective systems off er easy installation

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    Solatube 160 and 290 DS daylighting systems Solatube www.solatube.com Light enters through a skylight and is refracted through a metal tube to illuminate interior spaces 160 DS illuminates up to 200 square feet, 290 DS up to 300 square feet Reflecting technology increases light output during morning and evening hours 160 DS features a less-than-10- inch-diameter tube that is available in excess of 20-foot lengths 290 DS has a 14- inch-diameter tube in lengths exceeding 30 feet

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    Gold Seal 400 soft foam insulation Icynene www.icynene.com Portable soft-foam insulation and air-sealing system Foam expands up to 100 times initial volume in seconds Expansion of the material fills existing cracks and crevices to improve energy effi ciency Foam remains flexible, even after curing

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    Cypress Ridge stone veneer Eldorado Stone www.eldoradostone.com Stone veneer featuring variations in size, shape, depth, and texture provides a variegated appearance Available in three colors: Orchard, Summerhouse, and Countryside Influenced by Tuscan stone profiles

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    A-Series Hinges Häfele www.hafele.com Available with three-way cam adjustment to allow faster installation on cabinet doors Tested to 80,000 cycles 45/9.5mm boring patterncompatible Fits drilling capabilities of most common machines on the market

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    Delta-Dry barrier wrap Cosella-Dörken www.cosella-dorken.com Barrier wrap, impervious to air and water Heavy channeled polyethylene sheeting Reflects radiant heat, helps maintain energy efficiency Air gaps help promote drying of moisture inside and outside the barrier, reducing problems with wet construction materials

The population of Orlando, Fla., nearly doubled Feb. 7–10, when more than 103,000 building industry professionals arrived at the Orange County Convention Center to attend the 63rd annual International Builders' Show. The premiere stage for showcasing new residential product launches, the annual conference and expo of the National Association of Home Builders featured booths from over 1,900 exhibitors, rife with new releases, demonstrations, and enough raffles to keep things interesting.

Companies like Nanawall, which manufacturers large-opening glass walls, use the opportunity to get architects and contractors to interact with their products by creating mock-ups that can be opened and closed, walked around and through. Specifiers see exactly how the product will work in application. This year, Nanawall released a the SL70 Hurricane series, a new approach to its existing SL70 series of aluminum-framed folding glass walls. Shown above as installed at the Loblolly House in Taylor's Island, Md., the SL70 Hurricane series is rated according to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association hurricane standards. The company already has a series rated for Miami-Dade County.

In addition to the products, a perennial hot spot of the International Builders' Show is the back lot featuring show homes built specifically for the event. It was here, for example, that the Katrina Cottage debuted to great acclaim in 2006. This year, the two featured homes were the New American Home and the Renewed American Home, looking at how 21st century building technologies and green products are being incorporated in new construction and remodels, respectively. Both houses were complete down to furnishings and staged bric-a-brac, with information available on all of the building materials used and how they affected the final construction.

The International Builders' Show will return to Orlando Feb. 13–16, 2008.