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Housing’s top pick of innovative building products for summer 2022-23.

Kerryn Ramsey

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Developed to build business efficiencies, Isuzu’s new Servicepack X is the next stage in the company’s evolution.

It incorporates a clever storage unit, offering greater access to your tools than ever before. The doors open vertically, putting everything in easy reach, all at once.

There are various configuration packages, all ADR compliant and built on the sturdy backbone of the reliable NLR 45-150 platform.

The truck has 4500kg GVM – allowing it to be driven on a car licence – 110kW at 2800rpm, and 375Nm at 1600-2800rpm.

There’s plenty of capacity to handle urban, rural or worksite applications.

 Isuzu Servicepack X
 DeWalt wet and dry vacuum

Cleaning up

Whether it’s the result of a major flooding disaster or the usual instances of dirt and debris onsite, a wet and dry vacuum is a versatile tool for tackling clean-ups.

With the capacity to clean solid and liquid waste, from drains and spills to dust and scraps, DeWalt’s range offers durability thanks to its hardwearing polyurethane.

That’s why these wet and dry vacuums are light and easy to manoeuvre.

The range is available in various sizes – from the compact and portable 15L model to the 61L design, which features a powerful 1400W motor.

Power of porcelain

Caesarstone has released its first collection of porcelain surfaces. With 17 surfaces on offer, the range represents a huge leap in technology.

Each slab is produced from natural materials, such as clay, feldspar, quartz and natural oxides.

The surface is resistant to scratches, pressure and rupture, and withstands very high temperatures. In fact, hot objects can be placed directly on the surface.

With striking colouration and bold veins, the full range is available in both Honed and Ultra Rough finishes.

Its 1600x3200mm size means that larger, sweeping expanses of joint-free surfaces can be achieved.

Caesarstone collection of porcelain surfaces
R32 Underfloor Ducted heating and cooling system from Daikin Australia

Safety first

With Daikin Australia’s new underfloor ducted system, built-in monitoring and control technology provides perfect safety.

The R32 Underfloor Ducted heating and cooling systems also utilises next-generation R32 refrigerant with lower global warming potential impact.

Safety and home comfort are priorities for Daikin, and this system incorporates a leak detector that continually monitors refrigerant levels.

In the unlikely event of a leak, its Refrigerant Control Strategy engages the Daikin Zone Controller to dissipate excess refrigerant by switching off the compressor, operating the indoor unit fan in fan-only mode and opening all zone dampers.

This ensures the system complies with AS 60335.2.40:2019 as well as eradicating any flammability hazards.

Colour from nature

With 14 new additions to its Colour Collection, Laminex’s new Solid Colours, Woodgrains and AbsoluteMatte ranges all draw inspiration from Australia’s natural environment.

Each collection features a touch of black and reduced colour strength. Laminex’s new decors also include four highly saturated additions to its Living Pigments range.

‘Nature is a constant source of inspiration to us at Laminex,’ says Sacha Leagh-Murray, General Manager Sales and Marketing at Laminex.

‘Our new collection captures the wildly diverse palette of Australia’s natural landscape, taking cues from the rich ochre colours of the earth to the glistening blue shades of the ocean.’ 

Laminex Colour Collection
Lysaght  PERMALITE® aluminium building products

Peace of mind 

In aggressive environments such as water frontages, industrial facilities or any application where corrosion becomes a major concern, PERMALITE® aluminium building products from Lysaght are the stand-out choice for long-term performance and peace of mind.

PERMALITE aluminium roofing, walling, structural and extrusions are shaped from marine-grade aluminium.

With a lighter weight, it’s ideal for aggressive and corrosive environments. Available in a choice of profiles and colours, it’s backed by a generous warranty of up to 40 years (conditions apply).


Keeping mould at bay

For builders of townhouses and duplexes, rainy conditions can cause costly delays due to mould forming on the party wall before roof stage.

Once mould has formed on interstitial structures, the wet surfaces need to dry out and the mould cleaned off before the structure can be enclosed.

This may take weeks. Siniat’s Interhome (low-rise) is a popular separating wall system that offers a solution to this problem.

Interhome contains a central fire barrier built between timber or steel house frames.

By using the combination of Siniat’s mould resistant Intershield in the central fire barrier and Multishield for the lamination of the fire barrier, builders can be assured of mould resistance during all stages of construction. 

Intershield's separating wall system from Siniat 
Discover ABI Interior's new Infiniti Technology products

New vision for tapware 

ABI Interiors is known for its dedication to high quality and expertise in plumbing hardware.

Now its Infiniti Technology is a whole new approach to tapware, offering convenience, adaptability and flexibility. Every Infiniti Technology product is sold in two parts: an In-Wall Kit and a Handle Kit.

The in-wall body and handle components are interchangeable thanks to ABI’s Infiniti Technology.

This improves your workflow by allowing you to continue moving ahead with your build while your clients deliberate over their tapware selections. The In-Wall Kit is installed first, during rough-in.

The Infiniti Technology runs across five refined styles and a selection of signature finishes.


Window of opportunity

A new range by Vantage Windows and Doors is ComfortEDGE™, which uses cutting-edge technology to deliver energy-efficient windows and doors. Minimising exposed aluminium, the high-performing double-glazed range has an operable sash that sits fully embedded into the frame.

This creates an illusion of space and reduces heat transfer, keeping homes comfortable year-round. ‘We’ve poured so much energy and research into the development and design of ComfortEDGE,’ says Mark McCleary, Research & Design at AWS.

‘We provide solutions for builders and architects, meeting increasing compliance requirements while remaining affordable.’ The ComfortEDGE Series 759 sliding door has a U value from 2.2, the Series 755 awning window has a U value as low as 2.32, while the Series 755 fixed window has a U value as low as 1.9.

The Series 753 sliding window has a U value from 2.6.

Discover the ComfortEDGE range from Vantage Windows and Doors
Toyota Genuine Service guarantees it uses Toyota Genuine Parts

Service with a smile

Whether you’re hauling heavy loads or traversing long roads, it’s important to be up to date with your car service.

Toyota Genuine Service guarantees that it uses Toyota Genuine Parts and provides complete pricing transparency.

Before servicing, the team will let you know how much it will cost, and unless there are any unexpected issues, that price won’t change. Plus, opting for a Toyota Genuine Service means you’re covered by the Toyota Warranty Advantage.

It covers every new Toyota with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

If you keep up your annual service schedule, Toyota will extend your engine and driveline warranty from five to seven years.

Continuity is key 

To streamline a new build or renovation, the Australian hardware brand, Iver, launched a collection of cabinetware to match its popular door lever and pull ranges.

This ‘whole house’ approach allows builders to create a cohesive aesthetic throughout an interior.

It simplifies the selection process, is easy to install and eliminates staggered delivery times as all hardware comes from one supplier.

Each range consists of levers, pulls and cabinetware in a variety of sizes to suit different interior styles.

Iver’s cabinetware also offers nine finishes, ranging from natural brass, matte black and assorted nickel finishes to chrome with polished and brushed detailing.

New cabinetware collection from Iver
Bowie pendant lights from Beacon Lighting

Three of a kind

A pendant light may lose its effect when positioned above a dining table, so consider a series of three.

The Bowie pendant lights from Beacon Lighting brings drama and warmth into the dining space. Above the table, three pendants are installed at different heights with different shapes bringing visual interest to the area.

The Bowie pendants introduce a new level of organic luxury to a nature-inspired space.

With woven jute fibres stretched over a minimalist frame, it creates airy silhouettes.

Delicate yet striking, they are available in three designs in natural and bold black finishes.

Published on 25 November 2022

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