Here are a few more items that caught Greg's eye at the International Builders Show in Orlando this past weekend:
The Geospring hybrid water heater. This nifty unit can save up to 62% on water heating costs and features a demand response system called "nucleus" the works with the power company to run when the rates are lowest. This, folks, is what you'd called a "smart appliance." Glad to see Smart Grid-ready products and appliances had their place at IBS this year.
Brizo's "Solna" faucet with a hidden pull down. I won't say I'm crazy about kitchen faucets, but I can appreciate small advances in their aesthetics by reducing the obviousness of the seam. The MagneDock Technology that holds the pull down in place deserves mention, too.
Tamko's Solar Attic Vent, powered by a 20-watt solar panel. A must for most attics, the Tamko product ventilates up to 1,600 square feet.
Congrats to NAHB for another successful Builders Show. Let's hope 2011 is a busy one for everybody in the industry.