Building Products Top 100Part 1: 100-76

  • By Victoria Markovitz and Jenna Lee

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94: American Standard

American Standard

American Standard

The Champion 4 flushing system eliminates clogging and noisy flushes, the maker says; a 4-inch opening between the tank and bowl pushes water into the bowl three times faster than standard valves, and a bigger trapway can move a 70 percent larger mass than a standard product. The system also includes EverClean, a fired-in antimicrobial surface that repels dirt and resists bacteria growth on the exposed surfaces of the toilet. 800-899-2614. www.americanstandard-us.com.

93: Research Plastic

Research Plastic

Research Plastic

Currently available on products from Permachink, Flame Tech, and Quikrete Cos., the maker's self-tooling caulking tube incorporates a triangle-shaped tip that acts as a guide for the bead. Simply lay the tip of the tube into a groove and apply the caulk bead directly and accurately. The feature means money and time savings for users who will apply less caulk with each pass and spend less time refining applications. 877-990-9917. www.researchplastic.com.

92: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric

The Mr. Slim H2i P-Series outdoor heat pump offers a 36,000 BTU/h cooling and 38,000 BTU/h heating capacity, along with the maker's new Hyper-heating Inverter (H2i) technology, which incorporates higher compressor speeds at low temperatures and re-collects heat energy normally wasted in the flash process at the outdoor coil. As a result, the unit is highly efficient, operating at 100 percent of rated heating capacity at 5 degrees F, 87 percent at -4 degrees F, and 70 percent at -13 degrees F, the maker says. 800-433-4822. www.mrslim.com.

91: Panasonic

Panasonic

Panasonic

The WhisperComfort spot energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is the first ceiling-insert ERV available in the U.S. Using two ducts, the fan exhausts stale air and brings in fresh air from outside. Its low-rate continuous run helps ensure that VOCs and other indoor air pollutants are vented out and replaced with fresh air. The fan's capillary core adds heat and moisture to the incoming air to temper it and maintain a comfortable indoor living environment. 800-211-7262. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.

90: Basco Shower Enclosures

Basco Shower Enclosures

Basco Shower Enclosures

The Preceria shower enclosure offers a streamlined look with graceful curved elements, including a slightly curved shower door and corresponding solid header that suspends 11/2 inches over the door. The 74-inch-tall door features an oversized 8-inch elliptical through-the-glass pull handle. The enclosure's 5/16-inch-thick glass is available in clear for the door, and clear or frosted "silk glass" for the side panels. 800-543-1938. www.bascoshowerdoor.com.

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