NAHB has named three creative new products as the Global Innovation Award winners for 2016. The winners are an educational course series by Wellness Within Your Walls, an exterior-wall insulation technology by Timber Block, and an electric fireplace replacement product by Dimplex.
The annual award — announced this year at the NAHB International Builders’ Show — recognizes cutting-edge, advanced and original products or marketing strategies by global or domestic NAHB member companies: developers, builders, subcontractors, remodelers and lenders that offer products or services to consumers.
Indoor air quality is important for health and comfort, but especially to people with respiratory disease or immune deficiencies. Wellness Within Your Walls is a four-course series that teaches ways to improve indoor air quality and the types of building materials to use in that effort. The courses provide clear information to builders, developers, real estate brokers, architects, land planners, interior designers, engineers and consumers.
“Wellness Within Your Walls has created an innovative and well-conceived, common-sense approach to environmental education,” said Patrick Coveny, president of Architecture Construction Management and an NAHB Global Opportunities Board member. “When its lessons are applied, it can have a significant impact on the quality of indoor air and the environment.”
Timber Block log home construction company was honored for its patented R-36 insulated exterior wall technology, which can achieve unusually high energy efficiency and also improve sound insulation while maintaining the look of the log structure.
“Timber Block has designed, created and installed building technology that improves energy conservation, cost savings and indoor comfort,” said Coveny. “The technology is a significant advance in log home construction.”
Revillusions by Dimplex is an electric fireplace designed to create the bright, realistic look of flames, illuminating the full firebox and creating a pleasing sense of depth.
“The Dimplex Revillusions electric fireplace is masonry in appearance, and cost effective while providing heat and comfort,” said S. Robert August, president of North Star Synergies and an NAHB Global Opportunities board member. “It provides an aesthetically pleasing electric replacement for masonry-built fireplace at a fraction of the cost.”
The NAHB Global Opportunities Board, which oversees the awards program, is a collaborative of NAHB international experts dedicated to improving relationships and developing business opportunities. An independent panel of judges chose the winning companies, looking for the best combination of design, functionality, innovation and usefulness to builders and consumers.
Read more about the Global Innovation Awards.