Builders' Show Product Picks: Day OneA roundup of product introductions from the first day of International Builders' Show.

  • By Katy Tomasulo and Victoria Markovitz

Whirlpool. The Resource Saver refrigerator uses the same energy as a 60-watt bulb. The refrigerator automatically adjusts cooling to bring food to the desired temperature, and then returns to normal operating temperatures. The ice dispenser and removable collection bin are located in the freezer door to increase storage space. 269-923-5000. www.whirlpool.com. --Vicky Markovitz


Everpure. The ViruPure commercial-grade residential point-of-use water filtration system filters out 99 percent of bacteria, viruses, and cysts down to 0.019 micron, as well as reducing VOCs, THMs, MTBEs, chlorine, chloramines, and lead. The system, which mounts under the sink, has a 500-gallon capacity, which lasts a family of four about a year. 800-323-7873. www.everpure.com. --Katy Tomasulo


Icynene. The company's new LD-R-50 spray-foam insulation has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred status for use of rapidly renewable materials. The insulation is made using castor oil, a natural product that is extracted from the castor plant. The product is water-blown and free of HFCs and PBDEs. 800-758-7325. www.icynene.com. --V.M.


James Hardie. Ideal for multifamily and light commercial projects, the Hardie Reveal fiber-cement panel offers the trendy panelized look, with open "expressed" joints and clean lines that provide a modern feel and deep reveals that create accentuated shadows; an exposed fastener option can add to the design. The 7/16-inch panels are impact, insect, and moisture resistant. 866-274-3464. www.jameshardie.com. --K.T.


Vantage. The maker's new energy management system provides real-time information on home energy usage. In addition, the unit can offer homeowners ways to reduce energy use and can predict how much money users will save if they implement the strategies. For example, the system can estimate how much money a home will save by setting the house to use occupancy sensors for lights and heat. 800-555-9891. www.vantagecontrols.com. --V.M.


Nana Wall. Expanding on its line of opening glass walls, the VSW65 Single Track Slider can be used for extra-large openings, with a virtually limitless number of panels each up to 4 feet wide and 9 feet 10 inches tall. The wood panels glide easily on a single, low-profile track and disappear into a pocket when open to create a seamless transition from indoors to out. Closed panels lock end to end for an energy-efficient seal, says the firm, and hardware is concealed. It is available with a single operating door. 800-873-5673. www.nanawall.com. --K.T.