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 The Future of Your Home, Part II
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Sun, Jan 16th, 2005 9:29 pm

Friday I posted an article on the 2005 International Builders' Tradeshow which is going on right now in Orlando. This is the Home Builder Industry's largest new product showcase of the year where the "next big thing" for new homes generally gets unveiled. I thought I would detail a few more of the products that are taking center stage...

Construction Materials

When it comes to new construction materials, it appears that manufacturers are embracing the "recycling is a good thing" idea (which is great to see).

APEX Construction Systems (a company without a website) introduce its APEX panel system. Made from 85% recycled polystyrene, cement and various polymers, APEX panels replace traditional wood framing, insulation and sheetrock to build wall structures. From what I've read it appears to be a rigid pressed wall form that also acts as a natural insulation. But guys, build a website...

Also in the recycling category, Epoch™ Composite Products, of Lamar, MO ( is displaying its EverGrain® decking which is made to create a realistic and long-lasting woodgrain pattern.

I'm a big fan of composite decking material over treated wood. It's usually made of a mixture of recycled plastics, wood shavings, and glue (lots of glue). I'm wasteful enough as it is, so anytime I can save a tree it's a good thing. At the same time, composite deck materials last longer than wood (because they are plastic), are easy to work with because the boards have consistency and symmetry, and isn't as attractive to hungry termites. Oh yeah, it also comes in designer colors, and thanks to Epoch- woodgrain patterns.

Another decking company, ICA Global LLC (, is showing off decking and railing material made of PVC. That kind of material should make it stain and scratch resistant.

Switching subjects, Black Mold has been the topics of a lot of news stories over the past year or so. Johns Mansville ( is showcasing "Spider™" a formaldehyde-free insulation which is treated with a facing to protect it from mold and mildew growth.

For those that aren't strong do-it-yourself-types, Glass Block Innovations has produced pre-assembled glass block windows and shower enclosures. I've never worked with glass blocks before, but I guess if it saves time it's a good thing.

And in the, "I'm not sure why it was made but it really is pretty cool" category, Simpson Door Company ( will showcase its new collection of interior doors made from a magnetic material that looks and acts just like a chalkboard. I would loved to have had this one as a kid...

That's it for today. If I see more cool stuff, I'll post a third installment. Until then, the Builders’ Virtual Trade Show is located at if you want to check it out yourself.

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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