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Wonderwalls

Curtain-wall systems speed up construction and minimize solar heat gain

Prefabrication and new thermally-broken barriers are enabling curtain-wall systems that minimize heat transfer and minimize on-site construction time.

YUW 750 TU Thermally Broken Unitized Curtain Wall YKK AP

YKK AP improved the existing YUW 750 curtain wall system with a new advanced thermal barrier that minimizes heat transfer. The unitized system is glazed and assembled in a quality-controlled environment and then shipped on site for speedy construction.

2500 UT Unitwall Kawneer

Kawneer’s glass system is ideal for high- to mid-rise applications. The glass unitized curtain wall comprises a four-sided barrier block system designed for thermal performance.

CW-250 Curtain Wall GAMCO

To accommodate insulated and monolithic glass, this glass structural system is offered in several back-member framing sizes. Flexible enough to actualize the most inventive facades, the system integrates doors, projected windows, louvers, and metal panel options.

PDR-225 Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

This window wall is shop-assembled and sealed with a 3/8" polyurethane break to provide optimal thermal performance. It can be glazed for interior and exterior applications alike.

Planar Pilkington

Planar delivers maximum clarity to optimize the amount of light that enters the building envelope. Meanwhile, the entire system incorporates Pilkington’s various glass products to achieve thermal performance, solar control, and pristine views.

CW-7000 ESWindows

This unitized curtain wall system is designed to withstand a high-grade hurricane. The pre-glazed and preassembled glass unit system is available in large, trapezoidal, and inclined modules to realize the most imaginative facade designs. Meanwhile, the integrated vents offer nearly zero sightline interruptions.

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The Working Glass

These glass facade products beautifully balance performance and aesthetics
New manufacturing methods produce high-performance curtain walls, glazing, and glass designed to provide optimal thermal performance without sacrificing nearly seamless views. Jumbo Anti-Reflective Glass AGNORA Aptly dubbed, AGNORA’s 236” x 126” monolithic glass panels are ideal for any application where excessive glare would otherwise be a problem. Each sheet is coated with anti-glare coating by Guardian Glass. isopure sedak Thanks to new lamination manufacturing methods, isopure, a new system from sedak, yields nearly seamless large glass expanses. The safety glass adheres together with seemingly invisible butt joints that afford zero sightlines in large-scale, all-glass facades and roofs. SOLARBAN 60 Vitro Architectural Glass Vitro Architectural Glass’s SOLARBAN 60 is designed to provide thermal comfort year-round and reduce heating and cooling costs. This is achieved by a clear coating that blocks 62 percent of solar light transmission while also allowing 70 percent of visible light to filter through the glass. Harmony SageGlass SageGlass designed a digital in-pane system that transitions the glass from tinted to completely clear. The system works to provide heat, daylight, and solar management with pixel-like lines that occupy the glass surface in various gradients depending on the time of day and other extraneous conditions. AviProtek T Walker Glass Walker Glass glazes Pilkington North America’s pyrolytic coated panels to create bird-safe glass with a fritting pattern that contrasts with the reflective surface. Effectively, the coated patterns deter birds from colliding with the facade while remaining hardly discernable to the human eye. UltraClear Guardian Glass This “ultra-clear” low-iron glass maximizes views with its reduced green tint, developed to deliver nearly untinted views. When combined with Guardian’s low-E coating, SunGuard, the system reduces solar gain.
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envelop(e)

New high-tech cladding panels last longer and are easier to install

New manufacturing methods have made cladding and paneling more structurally sound and less cumbersome to install. These systems are highly customizable and are made to last from season to season.

Apollo II CertainTeed

These all-black shingles generate energy without the bulky infrastructure that typically accompanies solar panels. Simply installed directly on the roof, the environmentally conscious system can be employed on new and existing structures.

Marmi Maximum Imperial White Fiandre

Fiandre’s engineered tiles emulate the bold veining that occurs in marble. Unlike the natural stone, these porcelain slabs are lightweight and resistant to stains and wear and tear.

GRP SIDING Technowood

Made from fiberglass-reinforced polyester, this panel system is designed to withstand the weight of the most taxing structural applications. To fulfill the most decorative requirements, the siding is available in six natural wooden tones and seven varnished colors.

StoVentec Glass Sto Corp.

These glass-faced composite panels create a decorative reflective surface that provides thermal insulation. Made to order, each panel is offered in a variety of sizes, shapes, and custom colors.

Vintago Swisspearl

These fiber cement panels highlight the sanding production process with surfaces characterized by an undulating coarse grit. It will be available to specify in June upon its release in the U.S.

Porcelain Open-Joint Cladding Solutions Porcelanosa Facades Porcelanosa’s facade system incorporates all the colors and textures from its interior porcelain surfaces (including wood, concrete, stone, technic, or metals) for the building envelope. The system prevents moisture build-up and heat transfer via a ventilated air cavity directly behind the panels.
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Thermal layers

These new membranes optimize ventilation to prevent water damage

A new wave of high-performance weather and air barriers keep moisture out while simultaneously providing ventilation for air circulation.

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier LP Building Solutions

WeatherLogic is an integrated sheathing and structural board system that requires no secondary wrapping. By bonding a water-resistant overlay directly to the panel during construction, all the edges are sealed and then secured with seam and flashing tape to form a complete air-and-water-tight membrane system.

JM TPO SA - Flashing Membrane Johns Manville

This permanent membrane is designed for vertical applications and therefore ideal for curbs and parapet walls. With a peel-and-stick application, the self-adhering barrier makes installation easier and faster.

Securock ExoAir 430 Air Barrier System USG Corporation & Tremco Inc.

USG and Tremco commercial sealants and waterproofing teamed up on a new barrier system, Securock ExoAir 430 System. The glass-mat sheathing panel is factory coated with Tremco’s ExoAir Brand of high performing air-water barrier fluid membrane to mitigate air infiltration, exfiltration, and water penetration. Factory application eliminates field-application inconsistencies and weather challenges and results in simplifying and speeding the construction cycle. The panel is installed using Tremco’s sealants and transition membranes to achieve air-water barrier continuity.

HardieWrap Weather Barrier James Hardie

James Hardie’s trademarked MircoTech coating keeps moisture from soaking into the membrane without compromising ventilation so that water vapor can escape from the inside. The system is ideal for both cold, humid climates and hot, humid environments.

DELTA-DRY & LATH Dörken

This unique weather barrier-screening hybrid for stucco and manufactured stone facades combines a rainscreen system with preinstalled fiberglass lath. The ventilated exterior coating wicks moisture from the outside while simultaneously providing open air flow for moisture to escape from the inside.

Wolverine Wrap The Griff Network

Made from a cross-woven polypropylene, Wolverine Wrap acts as a weather and air barrier to keep external moisture out and provide ventilation for interior moisture to escape. It is available in widths of 3 feet, 8 feet, 9 feet, or 10 feet and lengths of 100 feet, 150 feet, and 195 feet.

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Straight Grillin'

For architects: furniture for the great outdoors
Roast a rack of ribs on David Rockwell’s behemoth outdoor drill and then devour them all in a precious daybed. With summer just around the corner, we collected the following outdoor furniture either designed by or for architects. Rockwell by Caliber Rockwell Group for Caliber Appliances Rockwell Group teamed up with Caliber on a 360-degree grill. Allowing people to gather on all four sides, the grill fosters a communal cooking experience. It features an aluminum canopy that emulates how a table cloth drapes over a picnic table. Cottage Patricia Urquiola for Kettal Milan-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, designed the daybed to be flexible for all climates with a customizable system of louvers, curtains, and fabric coverings. It is available in various wood stains and colored textiles. Origami Ramón Esteve for Vibia Spain-based architecture firm Ramón Esteve Studio conjured this otherworldly modular lighting system inspired by the Japanse paper-folding art. Using a single point as the source of electricity, various LED fixtures can aggregate to create virtually endless compositions. ELEMENTS Claesson Koivisto Rune for Widala Swedish architecture, industrial design, and interior design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed a collection of public grills and furniture that emulates circular geometries found in nature. Consisting of stools, benches, planters, and a range of barbecues in different sizes, the pieces are perfect for public parks or backyards of multifamily homes. Acacia Extremis With a new take on the traditional umbrella form, this inverted, asymmetrical parasol creates the most amount of shading from the least amount of surface area. Mimicking the small leaf canopies of the Acacia tree, it is positioned upwards towards the sun (instead of downward) to create as much shade as a larger parasol could.
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CONNECTIVITY, MONITORING, & REMOTE CONTROL

Smart systems to manage the building from inside out
Managing a property can be difficult, but these new smart building systems work to prevent damage and allow you to take action as soon as a problem is detected. Addressing everything from plumbing to Wi-Fi to air quality, here are the newest solutions in residential and commercial applications.
Duette LightLock Shades Hunter Douglas Can’t sleep without complete darkness? Hunter Douglas has a custom window treatment that lives up to its name. The honeycomb-shaped “Lightlock” shades feature overlapping front and back panels that block incoming light. The system can easily be lowered or lifted with the PowerView app and other voice-activated smart home systems.
Phyn Plus Phyn Make your home or office watertight with Phyn Plus. The patented water monitoring system uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor any plumbing system 240 times per second. The app allows users to monitor water usage, shut off the water, and send leak alerts.
Onelink Surround Wi-Fi First Alert Onelink Surround Wi-Fi provides full-speed internet connection around the house (even in “dark zones”) with the benefit of cyber security. The system is compatible with Onelink alarms, enabling connectivity between smart building systems and providing controls to monitor and react to emergency alerts via the app.
SiXCOMBO Honeywell Home In addition to detecting smoke and heat, Honeywell’s monitoring system detects carbon monoxide. The system uses infrared sensors to detect flames, while thermometers measure temperature. Using an encrypted two-way wireless platform, the system alerts all sensors across the home if a danger is detected with blinking lights and voice alerts announcing what action should be taken.
Radiant Furniture Power Center Legrand Providing electricity to both standard plugs and USB connections, Legrand’s power hub is a breeze to install in existing furniture and infrastructure. From a chair to a bookshelf, the power and charging solution fits easily on flat surfaces or can be mounted vertically to provide connectivity in convenient areas.
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Push It

These digitally controlled lighting options connect to the entire building
Outfitted with control systems to connect to appliances, surveillance technologies, and other smart building tools, these digital controls provide more than just light.
Linear One LED and Canvas DMX Controller Acclaim Lighting Installable in recessed locations with no visible cords, Linear One LED fits seamlessly in the ceiling to create programmed lighting schemes. When paired with Canvas, a powerful DMX controller by Acclaim, users can design and modify lighting color schemes for temporary installations or permanent displays.
Litecontrol Vora 50L Hubbell This recessed troffer features a backlit LED. The light source is diffused by laser-etched acrylic guides that direct light uniformly across the surface of the fixture. It is available in five sizes with color tuning technology and a wired or wireless control platform powered by Hubbell’s lighting control app.
AI LED Downlight Juno Just ask Alexa! Juno integrates three technologies—a downlight, a speaker, and a built-in voice control system—into a single fixture. With Amazon’s integrated smart home platform, you can easily adjust thermostats, monitor security cameras, play music, get the weather, or dim the lighting.
Aether 2" Extreme Shallow LED Recessed Luminaire WAC Lighting With a diameter of just 2 inches, this incredibly compact fixture casts ample lighting from a tiny pinhole in the ceiling. Meanwhile, the wall washer actively controls glare and the universal driver allows you to dim the light down to just 5 percent. MultiPurpose Linear Columbia Lighting MultiPurpose Linear luminaires link together on one integrated control system to manage the lighting in a small string of rooms or an entire building. For applications ranging from commercial to institutional, it is available in 2 foot, 4 foot, or 8 foot lengths with multiple mounting options.
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Au Naturel

Lighting design inspired by nature promotes well-being
Inspired by the cycles and systems of the natural world, these fixtures emulate sunlight to contribute to healthy building environments.
G2 Linear Accent Ketra Ketra’s lighting technology is delivered by a custom driver chip inside the lamp that enables it to produce consistent light that is measured and calibrated 360 times per second. The system follows natural light cycles based on geolocation to supply illumination that shifts throughout the day, emulating the color temperature and intensity of sunlight.
Good Day&Night Troffer Healthe by Lighting Science Lighting Science furnishes “human-centric” multispectrum circadian lightning to 2 foot by 2 foot and 2 foot by 4 foot troffers to allocate the right amount of illumination exactly when needed. The Good Day&Night technology fosters biological advantages prompted by natural cycles of sunlight—like productivity and focus—that stimulate a well-functioning circadian rhythm.
Downlight JA8 naturaLED Tired of drab lighting? This retrofit solution is ideal to replace 50 watt to 90 watt incandescent lamps. The recessed downlight fixtures utilize energy-efficient LED bulbs that meet Energy Star standards.
Duo Ceiling Lamp Vibia
Barcelona-based industrial designers David Ramos and Jordi Bassols conjure a sunny glow, articulated by the sculptural curvature of Duo. The flush-mounted ceiling fixture is enveloped in a matte lacquered outer shell, while the interior is swathed in warm oak veneer—a perfect combination of warm and cool materials suitable for residential and commercial spaces.
ZERO BLUE Soraa Healthy
On earth, the naturally occurring circadian light cycle produces the highest levels of blue light in the morning, and, as the day progresses, less and less—effectively sending your body the message that it is time to sleep. The aptly dubbed ZERO BLUE LED bulb emits none of the aforementioned hue to promote better sleep. Designed with a pairing of green and red phosphors, the LEDs produce a white light.
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Love to Build

AN Interior Top 50 designers share their favorite building materials
We surveyed the AN Interior Top 50 interior architects and designers and asked them to reveal what they love to build with. You’ll find their favorite products and materials below.
Pigmented Silver Nitrates Rafael Prieto Founder and Creative Director, Savvy Studio “As a studio we always like to experiment with materials to discover new colors and shapes. Here we work on the superposition of layers of pigmented silver nitrates and then polish them to create random effects of colors and shapes.”
Soy-Based Spray Foam Insulation Chris and Dominic Leong Partners, Leong Leong “High-performance and aesthetically uncanny, soy-based spray foam insulation is a perfect example of the type of materiality we are interested in. Commonly used for insulation, spray foam has an organic quality that is never entirely predictable. It’s a very low-fi product that has an amazing sculptural plasticity and formlessness—a kind of industrial wabi-sabi effect.”
Expanded Metal Mesh Benjamin Cadena Principal, Studio Cadena “By carefully hanging rolls of standard industrial-grade expanded mesh from the ceiling, we are able to drape it much like a fabric. By hanging the metal mesh draperies like a fabric in the space, from a distance they become more translucent and lose their harshness to great effect. By hand painting the material and using it an unexpected way, we can transform it into something else.” Tiles and Finishes by Concrete Collaborative Morris Adjmi Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects “In our interior projects, we love to use concrete for its natural character, precision, durability, economy, range of surface textures, and depth of color. It’s also environmentally friendly. Our go-to concrete provider is Concrete Collaborative for everything from terrazzo to polished tiles [Laguna] and panels, flooring [Ventura], pavers for the outdoors, and stair treads.”
Calacatta Viola Marble by ABC Stone Oliver Haslegrave Creative Director and Founder, Home Studios “Stone is a lifelong favorite material, especially honed marble. We’ve used it in nearly every element of our interiors over the years—surfaces, seating, tables, lighting, votives. Plus, we love searching for the perfect slab.” Cloudburst Concrete 4011 by Caesarstone Alda Ly Principal, Alda Ly Architecture & Design “We’re very picky about finding the right amount of movement in solid surfaces. We love when it feels natural but doesn’t go overboard. Caesarstone’s Cloudburst Concrete is a natural concrete color with a beautiful cloudy patina. The larger the slab, the more pattern is visible.” Colored Film by Solar Graphics Craig Steely Principal, Craig Steely Architecture “I’m excited about our recent experiments to create space with colored films on glass. We have been using colors and their shadows to imply architecture and create hierarchies in our spaces. I’m interested in the contrast between physical materials and colored light and shadow as space delineators.”
Roll-A-Tex (medium grain) Jaffer Kolb and Ivi Diamantopoulo Principals, New Affiliates “Roll-A-Tex is a great additive to use with paint to create a rocky surface texture. We used it in a display for Opening Ceremony as a way of setting it apart from all of its slick neighboring materials. Plus, texture helps mask surface flaws like a panacea.”
Inky Custom Glaze by Boston Valley Terra Cotta Michael Chen Principal, Michael K Chen Architecture (MKCA) “It’s the rare interior of ours that doesn’t incorporate some degree of three-dimensional or sculptural texture. We’re often looking for ways for surfaces to be more lively, and to produce a certain play of light and shadow. For that, we often look to three-dimensional ceramics. Often when the work is inside, and especially in cities, you’re confronted with spaces that are challenged in terms of natural light. It’s incredible how much dimension can be coaxed out of a fairly dark space though texture and reflectivity.”
Terrazzo by John Caretti & Co Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley Principals, Norman Kelley “Terrazzo comes in many finishes and applications, most commonly poured and polished. This typically presents a smooth surface with a variegated appearance. For our Aesop Lincoln Park project, we wanted those attributes in reverse. Something that appeared monolithic from afar, with texture and variation up close. Instead of polishing, we opted for exposing a monochromatic palette of gray-black aggregate within a warm gray cement base. Applied with a trowel, the material seamlessly transitions the horizontal and vertical surfaces of a series of interior steps.”
Kenyan Black Marble by SMC Stone Alexander Gorlin Principal, Alexander Gorlin Architects “Kenyan Black Marble is one of my favorites for the graphically swirling veins that are especially expressive in a residential setting. I love to select the exact slab and lay out the location of the design on the slabs themselves.” Vinyl by 3M Primo Orpilla Principal, Studio O+A “When the challenge is getting the maximum visual impact, you really can’t beat vinyl. Our designers have developed a sophisticated approach to matching vinyl wall graphics to the spaces they are meant to transform—kinetic patterns for active areas like break rooms and town halls; quieter patterns for places where people need to concentrate. Vinyl is our Brand Studio’s go-to product—it can turn a wall into an abstract canvas or a giant photograph. It can travel down the wall and continue onto the floor. We use vinyl on glass-walled conference rooms for privacy and on bare concrete surfaces to make them playful. We use it to give staircases personality and to introduce color into offices that might otherwise default to neutral. And if you’re trying to hint at a cultural reference without getting too literal, vinyl is perfect for replicating indigenous art and textiles, from Finland to Indonesia.” Corian Wil Carson Design Director, 64North “One of our favorite materials is Corian because of its flexibility and the diversity of applications we can use, and misuse, it for—especially in terms of its ability to be machined or bent. Whether we are machining 2D patterns into its surface or creating more complex 3D relief, its ability to be shaped combined with its visual and haptic qualities gives us a quite rich, mutable palette to work with.”
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covering all bases

New, larger-than-ever tiles make virtually seamless walls and floors

This year, almost every major producer is offering large-format tiles thanks to new manufacturing technologies. These new expansive sizes make it possible to create virtually seamless surfaces across the bathroom to the kitchen.

Slate Quartz Corian Corian’s new family of quartz surfaces is now offered in ten new colorways, including a vivid gray called Slate. The engineered countertops are made with real quartz crystals, making them naturally “rock hard” and scratch-resistant. XTONE Porcelanosa Though lightweight, XTONE is an incredibly strong large-format slab designed for countertops and tables. Made from sintered porcelain that is compacted and then fired, it is incredibly resistant to scratches and impacts, ice and frost, chemicals and stains. Verdi Alpi Artistic Tile These deep-green marble tiles are quarried in the Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Italy. Verdi Alpi is shipped as 12" X 24" X 3/8" tiles, making it perfect for almost seamless floor and wall applications.
Sofia Cuprum Neolith Inspired by Jean Nouvel’s extension to the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Sofia Cuprum’s metallic luster mimics the underside of the metallic roof in the new extension. The metal-inspired shade in Neolith’s STEEL collection is made in a variety of thicknesses.
Silestone Loft Cosentino The Silestone Loft features natural and human-made imperfections like those found in concrete and stone. With an intentionally unfinished gritty touch engineered from 90-percent quartz, Cosentino’s new collection is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.
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Critical Response

Luxuriate in these 5 products that customize the bathroom experience
“Alexa, turn the shower on at 103 degrees.” The newest showers and toilets come equipped with responsive tech—voice activation, adjustable lighting, and other app-activated features that make the bathroom a truly personalized experience (and virtually hands-free).
Sense Guard GROHE A trusty safeguard in case disaster strikes, Sense Guard detects leaking water by tracking pressure and flow and cuts off water supply in pipes to prevent costly water damage. Pair it with the GROHE Ondus to keep track of how much water you use.
ThermaTouch ThermaSol ThermaTouch is a 7-inch LED touchscreen shower control system equipped with Bluetooth, Ethernet, Capacitive Touch Technology (CTT), and Infrared Temperature Sensing (ITS). When paired with Thermasol’s Serenity Light and Sound Rain Head, users can control the steam and lights, and at the same time browse the internet or stream videos via connected apps.
Rainmoon Dornbracht Lit by a hidden light strip, illuminated drops of water create a shower experience like no other. Featuring two spray pressures, the low flow increases the size of the water stream, while the higher flow creates a more concentrated, powerful stream.
Aqua Moment Drop-In Airbath with Waterfall DXV
What’s better than a jacuzzi? A bathtub with air-jets and a headrest that releases a curtain of warm water over the shoulders. Meanwhile, an air-blower keeps the water warm for the remainder of the “Aqua Moment experience.” Flo Moen Prevent water damage and waste with Moen’s new leak protection system. Homeowners can control the water pressure, flow rate, and temperature via the FloSense app. Meanwhile, features like daily testing, identifying leaks, and troubleshooting tips allow for proactive monitoring and the ability to shut off the water or contact Flo Support.
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KBIS/IBS 2019

The latest trends in kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and building materials
In February, more than 100,000 people flocked to the Las Vegas Convention Center to see what’s trending in the kitchen and bathroom industry and peruse new building materials. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and The International Builders’ Show (IBS) hosted over 2,000 manufacturers and companies from around the world to showcase the newest appliances, fittings, surfaces, air/weather barriers, and other building materials as well as kitchen and bathroom products. Enabled by improvements in technology, new products answer to the growing demand for healthy building environments and sustainable practices. Integrated technologies connecting plumbing, HVAC, and electric systems create one symbiotic building system. There were some pretty spectacular sights to see. We were impressed by 3D-printed faucets, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, plumbing developed by San Francisco–based tech startups, and the next generation of smart toilets. We bring you the latest trends from KBIS and IBS below. High-Performance Air and Weather Barriers Permitting circulation while keeping moisture out, these air and weather barriers make installation easy with a step-by-step sealing system. WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier LP 12” ZIP System Flashing Tape Huber 3D-Printed Faucets Made possible by 3D printing technology, these faucets come in new shapes and forms providing awe-inspiring water flow. 3D-Printed Faucets DXV Grid Sink Faucet Kallista Blue and Green Sherwin Williams aptly named the most popular colors in 2019. From appliances finished in head-to-toe color to rich cerulean tiles, we saw these two colors EVERYWHERE. Emerald Green True Residential Etoile de Rex Florim Induction Cooktops These induction cooktops contain sensors that divide the entire cookable surface into different zones based on the size of the cookware. Full-Service Induction Cooktop Gaggenau Masterpiece Freedom Induction Cooktop Thermador Get Connected These platforms connect directly with plumbing to automate functions and create luxurious bathing experiences. DTV+ Kohler Life Anew NEXT smart connected bathroom products TOTO Transparency and Proactivity These products actively monitor usage, prevent major leaks, and proactively conserve water. Phyn Uponor Nebia Spa Shower 2.0 Meon x Nebia XL Openings New luxurious window walls and skylights are bigger than ever before. SkyMax Velux Siteline Panoramic Gliding Patio Door JELD WEN