Voting has now closed for Innovation Alley. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced soon, but the three winners of the iPad minis are Kerri McGregor, Josh Sheedy, and Dan Langer. Congratulations!
Innovation Alley will once again take centre stage at DesignBUILD, showcasing the best new innovations in the industry – from tools and software to materials and applications.
Have your say by voting for your favourite innovative product. The product with the most votes will win the Innovation Alley People's Choice Award 2013, awarded at DesignBUILD 2013.
For your chance to win one of three Apple iPad minis* simply enter your details and submit, then 'Like' ONE of the products to cast your vote. Don't forget to pre-register for DesignBUILD. All you have to do then is attend at least one day of DesignBUILD in May, and you're in the draw.
Kingspan Kooltherm® K5 External Wall Board is a super high performance insulation, designed to power External Insulation & Finishing Systems – an innovative and modern method of wall construction. It is a fibre-free rigid thermoset insulation core, sandwiched between two layers of tissue-based facing that is autohesively bonded to the insulation core during manufacturing. The insulation has a thermal rating up to R4.0 in only 80 mm, and a fire rating of BAL -40 when used in the Masterwall K-series System.
The Corrugated Metal TurboShear makes crosscuts, lengthwise cuts and circular or square outlets in corrugated metal roofing and building panels up to 61mm thick. This product attaches to corded or cordless drills without needing to modify them. The elongated offset blades allow the drill handle to clear the panel surface while cutting. Compact and lightweight with a telescopic clamp, the TurboShear has controlled operation at high or low speeds.
UltraShield Composite Decking by NewTechWood is the new generation of outdoor composite decking. It combines the proven strength of high density polyethylene plastic and wood fibres with an outer shell of plastic that completely encapsulates the board on all four sides in an impermeable layer of protection from scratches, stains and fading. UltraShield features attractive natural wood grain patterns and rich colour striation, and can be customised to suit specific needs.
A modular bathroom from Add-A-Bathroom is ideal for any residential or commercial setting, or anywhere you wish to add a new bathroom, whether inside or out. The pre-fabricated modular bathroom ‘pod’ is very cost effective and time efficient. There is no requirement for floor screeding, bathroom wall linings, water-proofing, tiling or grouting. Easy to clean, assemble and install, the modular bathroom virtually eliminates wet trades.
The Versatile Outdoor Channel and Grate is designed for use outdoors, where only the grate is visible between the surrounding pavers, tiles or stone. A perfect drainage solution for pool surrounds, court yards and alfresco dining areas, the Versatile kit includes end caps, section joiners and stainless steel dropper outlets that can be located anywhere in the length of the drain, allowing for complete flexibility during assembly.
BSB Acoustic Insulation is a high performance commercial partition product, manufactured using a sustainable binder derived from natural plant based ingredients. The insulation is easy to store in compressed packaging and will not slump in the wall cavity, ensuring consistent performance during its lifespan. Non-combustible, BSB Acoustic Insulation provides a superior performance over the hydrocarbon-based insulation products in a range of areas.
ASKIN Roofing with Metric profile is a fully insulated Ceiling & Roof “all-in-one”. It is fast to install, weather tight and extremely thermally efficient. The system’s design means a reduction in installation costs, incorporates a prefinished internal ceiling and superior spanning capability. With Key supply partners, ASKIN offer a range of skylights, trafficable access walkways and safety systems to fully complement our roofing systems.
ASKIN Exteriors with XFLAM is a market leading, insurer endorsed, innovative product in the field of fire-resistance. It has excellent mechanical properties, superior insulation values, low toxicity and is completely recyclable. As an insulating material, the high insulation value reduces the energy costs required for maintaining a comfortable and efficient environment within the building. XFLAM Panel is also locally manufactured, Australian owned and made.
The Scena System enables the user to control and alter the lighting, adding innovation, versatility and style. Completely customisable, Scena works on all types of luminaires from halogens to LEDs. Create unlimited lighting effects by altering the colour, intensity and saturation. Generate programme light schedules, and alter the lighting to reflect natural light and room occupation. Just plug the Scena System in and go, with pre-configured settings.
The Kingspan Integrated Solar Solution has been designed specifically to provide a fully integrated photovoltaic energy solution for commercial rooftops. The PV module is embedded in the insulated panel in a controlled factory environment, removing the requirement for a mounting system. Therefore the roof panels and PV modules are installed simultaneously. A further advantage is the cabling for the system can be easily installed at a later date without roof penetration or external roof access.
This NEW Urban Metal collection of metallic-finished bricks by PGH Bricks & Pavers creates a unique look that can transform any design. Released in May, these bricks are glazed in a stunning range of urban metallic colours including Bronze Sheen, Copper Lustre, Silver Spark and Zinc Shimmer. Available to use internally and externally, these bricks can brave all the elements without losing their metallic colour and shine.
M10 Cement Additive by Glorystar is an environmentally friendly mortar additive for use when rendering walls. Made of specially modified starch and a strong adhesive, M10 Cement Additive creates rendering that will be smooth, firm, and easy to paint. Non-toxic, the additive allows for movement in the building and will prevent cracks from appearing.
CrackFix Concrete Crack Injection Kit: An easy-to-use epoxy injection system for sealing cracks in concrete. It contains a low viscosity resin with high bond and compressive strength. Masonry Crack Stitching Kit: Used to repair and strengthen cracked masonry, the kit combines stainless steel HeliBars with HeliBond grout. PatchPin: These may be partially driven into existing concrete and bonded into the patching material for additional security with concrete patch repairs.
Quote My Plans is the ground-breaking online tendering solution that streamlines the traditionally tedious process for architects, building designers and draftsmen. Users can privately invite preferred builders to quote or open the opportunity to dozens of new builders. www.quotemyplans.com.au is specifically designed for building design professionals, so quotes more accurately address the same criteria, while saving users time and money.
The micro CA-300 Inspection Camera allows detailed visual inspection of hard-to-reach areas. Record digital images or video onto SD card and upload, store or share the findings online. There are four bright LEDs, as well as features like image rotation, digital zoom and a large screen for easy detection and diagnosis. The cable has a reach of 91cm, with an optional extension reach of up to 9.1m.
Spicon/Linear Matrix have developed the next generation of linkable LED back lighting illumination matrix panels. These tiles add distinction and style to any area with an energy efficient back lighting system. The back lighting tiles have 15,000 hours of illumination life, and with a low heat generation they use half the power of fluorescent lamp back lighting systems.
The louvre windows from Safetyline Jalousie have high security, excellent noise reduction, and enable good airflow. The louvre windows are on louvre bearers, meaning they cannot be removed from the frame or broken in to, even if the glass is smashed. These windows also have improved sound insulation properties, with a weighted sound reduction index of Rw 32dB. They allow good airflow whilst retaining privacy.
The fuel cordless range of tools by Milwaukee has a wide range of tools to suit every need. It includes POWERSTATE™ brushless motor, REDLINK PLUS™ electronic intelligence and power under load. These tools have a longer run-time than competing products.
Gorter Roof Hatches are safe roof access solutions that are aesthetically pleasing, easily integrated into any design, convenient, durable and cost effective. Extensive safety features are included, and you have the option to add a ladder or stairs. Easy to install, weather tight, strong and durable, Gorter Roof Hatches are the perfect space saver and roof access hatch to your rooftop terrace or machine room.
CostX® 3.51 is the latest version of Exactal’s estimating software which allows the user to measure from a range of 2D drawings or 3D/BIM models, live-link to workbooks, and produce customised reports. The quick and accurate on-screen measurement sets it apart from other programs, allowing you to measure a room with just one click. It was a finalist for a range of awards at the 2012 Construction Computing Awards.
The Roofing Slate TurboShear makes fast straight, angled or curved cuts in 4-8 mm natural roofing slate with less time and effort than other methods. By cutting the slate finished side up, it produces an authentic looking, hand-cut appearance. The padded skid plate prevents scratches to the finish. This product quickly attaches to corded or cordless drills without modification. Easy one-handed operation, with a drill speed of only 1400 – 2000 RPM, ensuring optimal performance and control.
The Slate Punch by Malco Products produces clean, recessed nail holes in 4-8 mm natural roofing slate. The generous 63 mm throat depth allows convenient placement of the punch tip on the flat side of the slate tile to create a nail hole recess on the natural finished side as it punches through. The grip contours and non-slip insert offer comfort and control, and the handle linkage increases user-applied leverage by 7:1 ratio.
Stormtech’s slot drain features a 25mm opening, draining into a concealed 90mm drainpipe. Stylish and narrow, the slot drain features a stainless steel grate that prevents debris such as small leaves or even hair from entering the drain and blocking it over time. The product is suitable in landscaping applications for stormwater run-off and surface water drainage. Stormtech’s slot drain is the narrowest wedgewire grate on the market.
Versiclad’s Granny Flat System creates a unique space with innovative wall and roofing panels. VerSIPanel is a structural insulated wall panel that achieves an insulation value of up to R2.5, with a hidden internal framing system that can be finished with any external cladding boards. The roof can be any one of Versiclad’s five SIP roof profiles. The minimal framing enables the external structure to be built in a day.