The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition. Gyptone BIG Curve CertainTeed Ceilings These perforated acoustical gypsum panels can be formed into highly curved ceilings without the cost and time associated with custom fabrication. At only 6.5 mm thick, Gyptone BIG Curve can be dry-bent to a 10-foot radius, and can achieve up to a 5-foot radius by wet bending. The panels are made of 85 percent recycled content and certified for low-VOC emissions, which contributes to sustainable building standards and helps maintain high indoor air quality. Fitted with an acoustical backing tissue, the panels are available in three perforation patterns. Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Recently patented, this walkable photovoltaic floor paver supports 400 kilograms/881 pounds in point-load tests, meets anti-slip standards, and reaches efficiency levels comparable to any other photovoltaic building material. It combines passive elements (its installation on a rooftop terrace, for example, improves the structure’s thermal envelope) and active elements (on-site power generation) to greatly reduce a building's environmental impact while avoiding CO2 emissions. Equally important is the appealing design of the system. It offers a wide range of colors, sizes, and transparency; it can be modified to accommodate LED backlighting. VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs. 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Developed by a team of Spanish architects, this re-envisioning of the traditional wood window features a sash that combines glass and hardware in a single assembly, without a frame. The self-supporting glass becomes a sheer, transparent plane, maximizing light and transparency. Wall openings are framed in wood, the glazing fitting hermetically over the frame using advanced technology in hardware and sealants. Triple gaskets assure maximum thermal and acoustical performance. The double- or triple-glazed window is available in fixed, tilt-and-turn, sliding, and hinged versions. The sliding window allows unbroken openings up to 19 ½ feet long. The interior face of the unit is finished in baked enamel in black, white, or any RAL color. P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design.
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On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, HVAC + Environmental Systems and Outdoor Furnishings + Products, evidenced a shared trend of sustainability. View all of the published categories here. HVAC + ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS “Amazing idea.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Hot Art BRZ Brands This flat-panel heating system can double as a piece of graphic art: customers can choose a design from a selection of stock photos (or upload an image for a custom treatment) then have it crafted into an energy-efficient, far infrared heating panel. A 600-watt Hot Art panel will heat roughly the same area as a 1500-watt conventional space heater, while using approximately 60 percent less energy. Available in hard-wired or corded models, the units can be controlled by switch, occupancy sensors, regular and smart thermostats, and most home-automation receivers. Installed indoors or outside, the panels can be freestanding, or mounted on walls or ceilings. Honorable Mention Haiku with SenseME Big Ass Fans Made of sustainably-harvested Moso bamboo or a durable matrix composite, this Energy Star-rated ceiling fan is equipped with SenseME technology, which allows it to respond to changing room conditions. An occupancy sensor turns the fan off when the room is empty; when temperature and humidity levels change, the fan automatically adjusts its speed. The Haiku fan with SenseME can be integrated with the Nest thermostat, allowing homeowners to increase their thermostat set points and so offset their air conditioning or heating usage. Working together, the two technologies can save up to 30 percent on energy costs while simultaneously increasing the sustainability of home heating and cooling systems. Honorable Mention AquaSAFE Residential Fire Sprinkler System Uponor This non-stagnant fire sprinkler system is integrated with a home’s cold-water plumbing using flexible PEX-a tubing. Flexible tubing can bend around corners and obstructions, which means fewer fittings—potential leak points—are required. Minimizing leaks is especially important for the system, which relies on having the necessary water flow available in case of activation. The shape memory of PEX-a tubing, combined with ProPEX expansion fittings, comprises a connection system that cannot be dry fit, thus eliminating another source of leaks. Additionally, the tubes can expand up to three times their diameter without cracking, greatly reducing potential for freeze damage. OUTDOOR “A game changer.” —Colin Brice Winner Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Recently patented, this walkable photovoltaic floor paver supports 400 kilograms/881 pounds in point-load tests, meets anti-slip standards, and reaches efficiency levels comparable to any other photovoltaic building material. It combines passive elements (its installation on a rooftop terrace, for example, improves the structure’s thermal envelope) and active elements (on-site power generation) to greatly reduce a building's environmental impact while avoiding CO2 emissions. Equally important is the appealing design of the system. It offers a wide range of colors, sizes, and transparency; it can be modified to accommodate LED backlighting. “Very consistent design.” —Alison Spear Honorable Mention MultipliCITY Landscape Forms Created and developed in partnership with designer Yves Behar and fuseproject, MultipliCITY pioneers the integration of mass production and custom materials and configurations for a global market. Structural parts are manufactured by Landscape Forms, seating and table surfaces are produced from locally sourced hardwoods in markets outside North America, and flat shipping and local assembly to international locations supports carbon-reducing sustainability. The flexible, dynamic system addresses multiple scales, applications and artistic expressions and includes six elements: a backed and backless bench, table, bike rack, LED pathlight, and litter receptacle. Honorable Mention Chevron Bench Ore Inc. Understated in design and materials, this 54-inch by 15 ½-inch by 17 ½-inch bench complements city and suburban settings. The metal supports can be finished in any custom powder-coat color. The angled wood seat is ipe, which is noted for its durability and strength, as well as its natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and insect infestation.