Best of the Best
Best Kitchen Product Artis Wall by Waddell Manufacturing Artis Wall consists of removable and reusable wood planks created from authentic, reclaimed wood from old barns and buildings across the country. The easy installation system allows builders to bring the popular rustic-chic design trend to home interiors in minutes. The lightweight planks may be removed with little-to-no damage to the wall. Artis Wall planks come in random lengths and can be cut to size with a utility knife. artiswall.com
Best Window & Door Product VELUX ACTIVE by VELUX America Inc. The VELUX Active system allows homeowners to pair home automation with skylights to more easily bring fresh air and natural light into the home. Smart sensor technology monitors the indoor air climate, as well as local weather forecasts to automatically open and close skylights and skylight blinds if needed. VELUX Active is operated by a smartphone app, integrates with Apple HomeKit, and can use smart speaker technology to provide voice activation control. veluxusa.com
Best Indoor Living Product Home Automation Hub by Eaton Eaton’s Home Automation Hub is a powerful connected home gateway that puts automation and energy management a touch away. This hub allows users to integrate into their smart home system and control a variety of popular intelligent devices such as thermostats, locks, music systems, security devices and many more with a single app. It is reliable and simple for builders and contractors to install. Eaton.com
Best Outdoor Living Product (tie) AeroTherm Exterior Innovative Wall Coatings -by Advance Coatings Group AeroTherm Exterior is an ultra-thin reflective plaster that provides up to 35% energy savings with a simple 1mm coating to your exterior walls. AeroTherm Exterior is designed to naturally block exterior heat from entering the house or building when applied correctly to the exterior surface. AeroTherm Exterior provides excellent solar reflectance, and reduces the building’s thermal conductivity due to the glass microspheres and AeroGel, which are both state of the art insulating materials. aerotherm. us
Best Energy Efficient Product Ecobee4 by Ecobee The ecobee4—controlled through its touch-screen, a smart device or voice—is more than a smart thermostat. Alexa voice service allows customers to ask their ecobee4 to adjust the home temperature, in addition to the growing list of other Alexa skills. ecobee4 will respond to voice commands from anywhere in the room. ecobee4 also offers room sensor technology, which measures occupancy and temperature to deliver comfort while customers are home and energy savings when away. ecobee.com
Best Home Technology Product Onelink Safe & Sound Smoke/CO Alarm by BRK Brands, Inc. Onelink Safe & Sound features premium entertainment while protecting what matters most. In an emergency, intelligent smoke and carbon monoxide technology sends alerts to homeowners’ devices whether they are at home or away. Built-in Alexa voice services provide hands-free commands, multi-room intercom functionality allows full home communication with family, and high-end speakers offer great sound with the ceiling as an acoustic backdrop. onelink. firstalert.com
Best Outdoor Living Product (tie) Aquor House Hydrant by Aquor Water Systems The new Aquor Mini-Hydrant fits into 2x4 walls while still providing freeze protection up to -20° F. Simply plug in the Aquor connector and the water turns on automatically, offering instant water access in less than a second. Designed with a reliable pressure-sealed internal valve, the Aquor Mini-Hydrant is guaranteed not to leak or drip for 10+years, with zero maintenance required. The flush-mounted outlet eliminates unsightly protrusions and safety risks from walkways and patios. aquorwatersystems.com