Icynene developed an open-cell spray-foam insulation that can be used without an ignition barrier in residential projects, including unvented attics. The Classic Max adds ignition-barrier-free qualifications to the company’s flagship 100% water-blown, vapor-permeable, light-density, soft Classic product that yields an R-value of 3.7. Icynene, www.icynene.com; 800.758.7325.
JenTra’s CHEATAH uses seven clips with levels and spacers integrated to keep the reveal between the door and jamb parallel and plumb during installation, reducing installation-related callbacks and warranty claims. Read more about how JenTra’s founders launched a building-products startup in a down market at ProSalesMagazine.com. JenTra,www.jentratools.com; 218.947.4300. Circle 3
Kohler fitted the bottom of its new Sensate faucet with a sensor to detect when hands or objects are placed underneath it or removed and turns the water on or off in less than one-half second. The faucet’s sleek design allows its handle to serve as both an adjustable water-temperature control and a handle for manually operating the faucet. Kohler, www.kohler.com; 920.803.3927.
Leviton is playing to consumers’ growing use of mobile phones, tablets, gaming devices, and digital cameras by adding two vertical USB ports to a tamper-resistant outlet. A digital chip recognizes the devices’ electrical capacity and optimizes the power each receives. The system fits inside a standard wall box and can be used with the company’s regular wiring. Leviton, www.leviton.com; 631.812.6000.
Panasonic added dual-volt technology to its Tough IP-brand lithium-ion-powered cordless tools, allowing users to switch between 4.2-amp-hour battery packs that offer either a 14.4-volt or an 18-volt charge. The technology is available for the line’s ¼-inch Hex Quick Connect impact driver, its ½-inch square impact wrench, and its reciprocating saw. Panasonic, www.panasonic.com; 800.338.0552.
Progressive Foam’s Halfback H20 Premium Series insulation uses BASF’s Neopor thermal foam, whose graphite particles boost R-value. A 3.5-perm rating prevents thermal bridging without trapping water vapor, while grooves on the panels’ backing direct moisture down and out the bottom of the wall to improve drying. Progressive Foam,www.progressivefoam.com; 800.860.3626.
Simpson Strong-Tie designed its special moment frame’s yield link to absorb loads on large window or door openings in areas of seismic activity. The link can accommodate light, medium, and heavy yields, preventing damage to the beam and columns while eliminating the need for lateral bracing to the adjacent roof or floor. Simpson Strong-Tie,www.strongtie.com; 800.999.5099.
Benjamin Obdyke added a flashing for its HydroGap weather barrier that self-adheres to a range of building materials--including OSB, sheathing, and building wraps--without a primer. It can be installed in temperatures as cold as zero degrees Fahrenheit, applied wet, and comes in 4-, 6-, and 9-inch widths, each 7 millimeters thick. Benjamin Obdyke,www.benjaminobdyke.com; 800.532.5261.
MiTek added a BIM solution to its SAPPHIRE platform that lets dealers design and spec engineered wood, dimensional lumber, and metal connectors for residential applications. SAPPHIRE Supply users can compare framing scenarios and trace load paths in 2D or 3D. Users also can estimate drywall, house wrap, and millwork and other nonstructural materials. Mitek, www.mitek-us.com; 314.434.1200.
DuPont swaps wood furring for a plastic batten atop a water-resistive barrier in regions that experience moderate to heavy rainfall. The batten improves air circulation and drying behind wood, masonry, stucco, vinyl, or fiber cement claddings.. The RainVent Batten is 1 5/8 inches wide, 3/8 inch thick, and 8 feet long, and it can be stapled in place. DuPont,www2.dupont.com; 800.448.9835.
Lok-N-Blok’s 12-inch composite blocks can be cut into 3-inch increments and stacked Lego-style to replace 2-by-4s and insulation in exterior-wall construction. The blocks accept nails, screws, and adhesives, and are routed for plumbing and wiring. Read more about how this new material could change industry best practices at ProSalesMagazine.com. Lok-N-Blok, www.lok-n-blok.com; 270.908.0286.
Ply Gem makes the installation of its new 1500-series vinyl windows a one-person job with jamb-alignment clips that center and hold the window in the frame for easier nailing. The line consolidates the company’s vinyl window options into one platform that includes single-hung, sliding, picture, and architectural styles while improving functionality. Ply Gem,www.plygem.com; 888.975.9436.
Velux powers its wireless Fresh Air vented skylight with a battery-powered operator and control system that’s charged via solar energy. An integrated sensor closes the skylight when it rains. The system is available with factory-installed blinds. The product and its installation qualify for a 30% federal tax credit for renewable technology through Dec. 31, 2016. Velux,www.veluxusa.com; 800.888.3589.