Live from Design & Construction Week

For the first time in the history of oriented strand board or any other product, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) were under one roof this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 70,000 attendees stormed the castle for what will hereto forth be known as Design & Construction Week, a perfectly sensible synergistic meeting of two highly anticipated industry events.

Between the hundreds of exhibits and an infinite show floor, there was plenty to write home about. Here is but a small sampling of the building products that caught our eye at HCN.


Master Lock dialSpeed

The padlock has gone electric. The right combination of up, down, left or right will turn the center light green and open the lock. It also allows for multiple codes — just don’t get it wet. (


Moen Sip Beverage Faucet

Moen has crafted a solution for every homeowner who’s ever drank from the tap. The Sip faucet comes in various design profiles and can be outfitted with an optional filtration system. The one-handle, cold-only lever makes it easier than ever to quench one’s thirst. (


AmeriSink Handcrafted Tempered Glass Sink

Bathroom-sinks-cum-functional-art-pieces were a chief creative exposition at KBIS. Here, a mesmerizing honeycomb pattern gives new meaning to the term “bee’s knees.” (


Big Ass Fans

The Haiku ceiling fan (pictured) is the most efficient ceiling fan in the world, according to Energy Star. It’s also made from sustain-ably harvested Moso bamboo or durable matrix composite. We just think the name is fun to say. (


Best Sorpresa Range Hoods Collection

The Sorpresa Collection, from Broan-NuTone, took home the lion’s share of the visual interest pie via functional range hoods with a modern art twist. Pictured: Intrigue (


Kohler Deerfield Kitchen Sink

Burnt orange is certainly a refreshing twist on a kitchen sink, but with 20% greater volume than previous models, this enameled cast iron work of art combines form with function. (


Quikrete Concrete Etching Stain

Quikrete offered up an exciting prospect at IBS — doing more with less. Concrete Etching Stain can lend a marble-like appearance to plain concrete, adding a dimension of multi-toned shading. (


Calculated Industries Construction Master Pro

With builder-specific buttons, such as “rise,” “run” and “slope,” the Construction Master Pro calculator has a loyal following on the job site. The classic is being updated across multiple platforms, including mobile phone apps. (


Jeld-Wen IWP Custom Wood Contemporary Center Pivot Door

This stately exterior door defies the need for hinges. Instead, a center pivot design provides a first impression with a contemporary feel. (


Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

This thermostat spoke to us — quite literally. The voice-activated recognition feature gives hands-free control to the user, with a smart response program that learns his or her preferences over time. (


Resysta Wood Alternative

With applications ranging from furniture to decking, Resysta combines rice husks, salt and mineral oil for an eco-friendly, low-maintenance hybrid material that stands up to weather and wear. (


Weyerhaeuser Flak Jacket Fire Protection

In other fire-resistance news, Flak Jacket is a patent-pending coating for TJI Joists that meets both single- and multi-family code. Don’t leave home without one. (

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