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HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for November 2021.


When it comes to trucking, Isuzu’s new N Series represents the next generation of safety. In all 4x2 models, its advanced driver-assist safety system can recognise pedestrians, then brake automatically in a split second if a potential collision is sensed. It can also alert drivers if the truck drifts into another lane or gets too close to the vehicle ahead—making it one of the smartest light-duty work trucks to hit Aussie roads. The N Series is packed with everything a modern tradie could want, including a 4000–4500kg towing capacity (model dependent), and options for pre-built Tippers, Traypacks, Tradepacks and Servicepacks under Isuzu’s Ready-to-Work range. 



Australian housing design has come a long way over recent years with the adoption of a wide range of new materials and products. Inspired by the best in European design, Lysaght’s ZENITH™ cladding range provides architects, designers and homeowners with a stylish suite of long-lasting steel walling products to add to their residential design palette. The six contemporary profiles of the ZENITH™ range can be used as a complete wall cladding solution or to introduce impactful design elements within the context of an overall design concept.




Whether it’s a ute, van or ordinary sedan, a vehicle is essential for your work in the residential building industry. And when your business needs a new vehicle, one of the first decisions is how to finance it. So, what are your options, and how can you figure out which one is best for your business? According to HIA Vehicles, there are three options for automotive financing: finance lease, hire purchase and chattel mortgage. Crucially, each has different implications for tax and cashflow. To find the right option, talk to HIA Vehicles. The friendly team will help you structure the purchase, showing you how to minimise your tax and improve your cash flow. 



ZipGEN is the only tool that uses artificial intelligence to model up to 5000 customised kitchen designs – all in just 2.13 seconds. Imagine sitting with a customer and creating multiple designs that can be completely personalised in real time. Appliances can be moved, cupboards converted to drawers, drawers to cupboards, remove cupboards you don’t want, and change colours and materials to generate a great render. Achieving an agreed design with no confusion in just one session creates a quality customer experience and allows you to be 85 per cent more efficient in your selling process. Book a free demo now!




Renowned for its quality door hardware, Bankston recently joined Melbourne architecture studio, Sans-Arc, to release its Super-Collection. The team came together to produce a range that embraces sculpture and practicality. ‘The architectural hardware industry is ripe for disruption,’ says Steve Bradley, who runs Bankston with Emily Bradley. She adds: ‘We are a brand that supports innovation.’ The design drew inspiration from the ‘Radical Design’ movement in the mid-‘60s and ’70s, where Italian architects transformed everyday objects into vibrant, geometrical works. The five designs – one doorknob, two-door levers, and two-door pulls – are each available in five of Bankston’s distinct finishes. 



With a nod to the legendary Spanish artists Dalí, Picasso and Miró, La Paloma’s new range of bricks, Special Shapes, adds a touch of whimsy and elegance. The range reflects a sculptural and artisan take on the classic brick, maintaining aesthetics and durability. Available from Brickworks, the collection offers three styles – the Tash, Curved and Comb. Each brick’s composition is made from a mix of minerals and clays, which have been prepared and crushed down to create a refined finish. The Special Shapes brick range is designed for large-scale works, such as facades or feature walls.




While quartz surfaces have always been suitable for interior applications in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms, they are now also popular on islands, splashbacks and custom shelving units. To provide continuity in various spaces, the surfaces need light, neutral tones – and the new Whitelight Collection from Caesarstone provide perfect harmony. The nature-inspired range features four new colours – Arabetto, Adamina, Aterra Blanca and Calacatta Maximus – as well as four Caesarstone classics, Vivid White, Statuario Maximus, White Attica and Empira White. Available in 20mm-thick standard size slabs (3050mm x 1440mm), the Whitelight Collection offers the same level of performance relating to fabrication and installation as well as care and maintenance.  




The design of power outlets, switches and electrical fixtures are usually stock-standard. ‘They are usually clunky, mass-produced and a visual intrusion,’ says Sydney electrical contractor Garth Elliott, who soon recognised the gap in the market. As a response, Garth conceived a series of trimless, flush-finished outlets and switches camouflaged in a space through their minimalist design. His company ZETR now produces these discreet electrical products with integrated design details. The ZETR_Carbon range offers customisable metal power outlets and switch faceplates for the ZETR_13 flush series. The ZETR_13 series of switches and power outlets are designed to finish flush within various wall types, thicknesses and surfaces.




Keen to speed up job site productivity and efficiency? Try the automatic powder-actuated tool, Ramset’s FrameBoss XPM, which can fix 10 pins up to 75mm in length without the need to reload or manually cycle the device. With 400 joules of impact energy and variable power adjustment, the tool can be used in various applications such as fixing timber or steel bottom plates to concrete, steel structural decking and ceiling systems for concrete slabs and the fixing of steel track. Conveniently, the 10-pin magazine can be adjusted to lock into several positions, making it ideal in confined spaces. Engineered in Australia, Ramset also offers the FrameBoss XP, suitable for use with longer fasteners and assemblies up to 100mm, such as brackets and clips. 




Hebel’s new PowerProfile range creates the defined look of traditional standing seam and metal cladding systems, with all the performance benefits of Hebel. This new system comprises a universal backing clip that’s fixed to the Hebel facade, while a powder-coated aluminium profile snaps onto the clip. The Bullnose and Trapezoidal profiles are available in two styles and three popular Colorbond colours – Dune, Basalt and Monument – offering myriad design options.



A contemporary floor rug brings warmth and personality to any interior. Conceived during life in lockdown last year, TSAR Carpets’ new Forma range is the company’s first foray using refined fading techniques - which achieves new gradients. Each durable Forma floor coverings is hand-tufted from a fine grade of 100 per cent New Zealand wool, undyed wool and ribbon yarn, plus Tencel and Lurex fibres. Specification, colours and design scale can be altered to suit any project, making this ideal for a group of display homes, townhouses or apartments.



The new BASIX-friendly RapidRidge ventilated roofing system not only cuts household cooling bills and moisture build-up, but it’s also easy to install and maintain. By providing an improved alternative to unsightly whirlybirds, this dry-fixed above-sheathing adds vents at the ridge. This ventilation system from Evo Building Products effectively turns the entire roof into a giant air vent. Instead of using the traditional method of mortar and pointing, RapidRidge uses a dry install system. There’s no reliance on water, no mixing mortar to fix the ridge caps to the roof, no wait time for the mortar to dry and, crucially, no recommended maintenance check every 10 years.