Geeking out on Built Environment Trends

In June, Hydrogen traveled to both coasts to attend the built environment’s leading annual conferences—American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture (AIA) in New York City and the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco—on behalf of our clients Accoya wood and Icynene.

As many of us know, conferences mean packed schedules with meetings, workshops, tours and more meetings leaving little time for much else. It’s also the time when brands and manufacturers showcase new and innovative products or services. A few notable products, besides our clients, we discovered at the shows range from roofing, appliances and railings. Even if you’re not working in the built environment space, you can still dream.

DaVinci Roofscapes launched its Nature Crafted Collection at the International Builders’ Show in January and brought it to the AIA conference as well. Its three composite shake tiles mimic the look of real-aged wood roofing tiles created by time and exposure to the environment that many homeowners desire. So, now you don’t have to wait for that aged look you desire, it will look perfectly aged with a lifetime limited warranty attached. Available in multi and single widths and in three colors – Aged Cedar, Mossy Cedar and Black Oak – they come with DaVinci’s lifetime limited warranty and will not split, crack, curl or fade.

Fisher & Paykel, known in the U.S. for narrow width counter depth appliances, showcased an integrated column refrigerator and freezer that offers variable temperature zones with its ActiveSmart™ Foodcare technology. The column models fit flush and have an 1/8-inch gaps around them and no visible hinges or grilles. For seamless integration, you can use existing kitchen cabinetry or add a stainless-steel door. While it looks taller than the average fridge, our 5-foot, 3-inch executive creative director can reach the top shelf.

AGS Stainless, located right across our very own Puget Sound on Bainbridge Island, showcased its Olympus Railing at the Building Design + Construction’s Design Showcase – FutureWork – at the AIA show. The FutureWork structure, with a footprint of 8-foot by 20-foot built by Tiny House Northeast, focuses on offering a healthy and well-being workspace environment. We’re big fans of stainless railings and the AGS Stainless’ impressive Clearview® Railing systems, made with high-quality marine grade A316 – are made to order for residential and commercial applications.

We could go on about all the wonderful products we saw at both shows. To learn more about the products and manufacturers at each show, visit Conference on Architecture and PCBC. In the meantime, we’ll feature our favorite products in the built environment after the next trade show.