Last month, Las Vegas hosted roughly 100,000 attendees for Design and Construction Week. The event, which included more than 1,400 exhibitors spanning more than 600,000 square feet of event space, serves as the official kickoff to what’s new in the building and construction industry for many brands. While mostly geared toward builders, designers, architects and other trade professionals, it serves as a window into new innovations relating to the industry. Here are a few of this year’s trends:
Energy efficiency dominated new rollouts for many building suppliers, especially with HVAC, insulation and hot water systems. Nearly every manufacturer in this category touted a new product that offers a more environmentally friendly approach. Products ranged from tankless hot water systems and low-emission furnaces to insulation made from materials such as sugar.
While not new for 2020, home automation seems to be a focus for many brands, expanding into more rooms of the home, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Some smart bathrooms had features that allow one to preprogram a preferred morning routine to include lighting preferences and even a shower that automatically turns on to a certain temperature.
Wood, especially reclaimed barnwood or responsibly harvested wood, was a popular material, as was porcelain porcelain for both indoor and outdoor flooring, with many companies introducing porcelain as a modern kitchen countertop solution.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert.