April 2018

Improved Drainage

Channels cut along all four sides of new GreenGuard XPS Drainage Channel Board encourage drainage of any water that might happen to seep through a roofing assembly to the roofing membrane. The boards offer an R-Value of 5.0/in. of thickness and are available in a range of compressive strengths.

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Shake on It

New Nature Crafted composite cedar-style roof shakes provide the look of real wood, but with significantly improved durability. All three colors—Aged Cedar, Mossy Cedar and Black Oak—were developed to mimic the appearance of shakes that had been long exposed to the elements, and are available for both multi- and single-width roofing tiles.

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It's got Stick-To-It-Iveness

StealthBond metal roofing is attached using a proprietary adhesive, rather than mechanical attachment devices, and has received Miami-Dade County Building Code approval. The three-part system incorporates a base level of metal strapping that’s secured to the roof deck, the adhesive that’s applied to that strapping and, finally, metal roofing panels that are laid into the adhesive for penetration-free attachment.

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Tile the Town

An outdoor trend to come out of Cevisama was the variety of ceramic pavers that bring orderly and beautiful hardscapes to the landscape. The 2-cm thick pavers are lightweight and easily cut and installed onsite. In addition to 24-in. × 24-in. formats, Tile of Spain companies offer 16-in. × 32-in. and 24-in. × 48-in. plank-like pavers that may be cut down to form still slimmer 12- or 8-in. planks. Paver aesthetics include flagstone and cobblestone looks featuring softly weathered edges, cottos and French limestone looks.

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Rugged Modern

Available in North America through Landscape Forms, the Harpo lounge chair, chaise lounge and table are the newest additions to the Harpo family designed by Santa & Cole, a company renown for high design for the urban environment in the modernist tradition. It is a perfect partnership, says Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford, “The Harpo elements are products of proven quality for commercial spaces that combine great design and great value.” They are heavy duty and straightforward, but also very sensitive and thoughtful design, says Kirt Martin, VP of design & marketing for Landscape Forms. Harpo elements have a slim profile, robust structure, and clean, simple fo

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Depth and Dimension

Arisfor Stencils add character, depth and visual dimension to a variety of exterior surfaces. They can be used for horizontal surfaces such as patios, walkways, pool decks, driveways and steps, as well as vertical surfaces, including walls, perimeter walls, signs, building exteriors, and balcony platforms. Stencil templates are used to create visually aesthetic patterns in vertical and horizontal cementitious overlay systems. Currently, Arisfor offers 18 design templates that give design value to an otherwise ordinary surface.

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Name that Tune—and Plant

A tasteful outdoor sound solution, Planter Speaker come in multiple planter styles, ranging from classic to ultra-modern design. Match a planter speaker with a masterfully designed landscape and the foliage becomes part of the soundscape. Directionality of sound can be controlled as well. The system connects a Sonos receiver with an amplifier via Wi-Fi.

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Old is New

Meeting CalGreen water efficiency standards at 1.2 gallons per minute, the Vander from Newport Brass is a stylish, classical take on industrial design. Compatible with a number of bathroom styles, the faucet lends an elegant, sophisticated look.

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Rapid Prototyping: No Drop in the Bucket

A winner of a Beazley Design of the Year award, Rapid Liquid Printing (RLP), invented by members of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab and Steelcase, was recognized for its ability to manufacture 3D parts within a gel suspension. RLP physically draws in a 3D space within a gel suspension, and enables the creation of large scale, customized products made of real-world materials.It can produce structures in a matter of minutes and is designed for large-scale products, such as the ability to print an entire piece of furniture using real-world, industrial-grade materials. The annual prize and exhibition curated and hosted by the Design Museum in London has included previous winners such as IKEA and UNHCR

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