Azek featured in Coastal Living Magazine’s 2013 Showhouse
Coastal Living Magazine’s 2013 Showhouse, which opened Friday, is shaping up to be a prominent showcase of Azek Building Products’ deck and porch products.
According to the company, the Showhouse’s designers selected Azek Deck and Porch planks in Slate Gray to complement the home’s exterior and idyllic Daniel Island, S.C., location.
The annual Coastal Living Showhouse is designed to put a spotlight on coastal home innovation, decor and construction. This year’s showhouse will be open to public tours through October and will be featured in the magazine’s October 2013 issue.
As many as 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the MS Society.
Leviton’s new Smartlock Pro AFCI Receptacle aims to reduce electrical fires
Leviton has taken a step toward reducing the risk of electrical fires with the release of its new Smartlock Pro Outlet Branch Circuit (OBC) Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacle.
The receptacle helps prevent a range of dangerous arc faults by detecting them early on and de-energizing the circuit downstream of the device, which helps prevent resultant ignition.
According to the company, AFCI protection is required by the National Electric Code in certain locations throughout the home in new construction. Updated receptacles in older homes will require them as well by 2014.
Leviton’s OBC AFCI is compliant with new NEC regulations and aims to provide a convenient solution for older homes, which are prone to electrical fires. It also meets Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard 1699A (Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters, Outlet Branch Circuit Type).
The receptacle is available in white, ivory, light almond, gray, black and brown, and it’s compatible with Leviton’s Decora collection of wiring devices and wallplates.
The ascendant market of wireless smart home systems
Wireless control systems are due to gradually outpace their wired counterparts, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. The niche market is forecasted to net $294.8 million in annual revenue by 2020, thanks in part to lower installation costs and ease of use.
"While wireless controls are generally more expensive than their wired counterparts, they offer building owners and managers a number of economic benefits," said Bob Gohn, Navigant Research’s senior research director. "The labor costs for installing wireless systems are much lower compared with wired, and wireless systems often provide networked control in buildings or areas where wired controls are simply too challenging or expensive to install."
According to the company, wireless networks are becoming increasingly preferable for remote management of lighting, HVAC, security, fire and safety controls. The report found that most companies are using their own proprietary wireless technology, with some vendors taking a hybrid approach of using their own applications to manage standardized devices and networks.