MoistureShield composite decking products from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (A.E.R.T.), including boards, railings, and other accessories, are composed of 95 percent recycled content. The result is an outdoor building material that can count toward green building programs such as the National Green Building Standard, LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations, and the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). The products, manufactured to encapsulate recycled wood fibers in recycled polyethylene plastic, resist rot, decay, moisture, and insects, according to the company. The items come in various designs, including the MoistureShield Vantage Collection, which is embossed with a simulated wood-grain finish on both sides so that the boards are reversible. For more information, call A.E.R.T. at 866-729-2378 or visit www.moistureshield.com.
Feel the Heat
They’ve become staples at sidewalk cafés and other outdoor gathering areas, but Dayva International’s Tower of Fire lends a touch of art to the commercial patio heater. The sleek, 7-foot unit emits a vertical flame that radiates comfortable levels of heat in every direction. The flame is enclosed in a shatter-proof, tempered-glass tube designed to withstand cold, heat, and the occasional splash of water. The stainless steel and anodized aluminum structure stays cool to the touch, and attached wheels allow maintenance staff to move the heaters around. An electronic igniter makes the units easy to fire up. The Tower of Fire comes in propane and natural-gas versions and can be set for one of three flame intensities. For more information, call Dayva International at 714-842-9697 or visit www.dayva.com.
TV for All Seasons
These days, residents expect to see flat-panel TVs everywhere, including outdoors. SunBriteTV, which specializes in sealed, weatherproof flat-panels, offers the Signature Line of 55-, 46-, and 32-inch, high-definition models. Each has an antiglare LCD panel for viewing in daylight and a built-in audio system powerful enough to overcome the din of the outdoors. All the units have an outdoor-rated, high-impact resin exterior that protects the components from moisture, rain, snow, dust, insects, and temperatures from -10 to 122 degrees F. Every Signature Line model can be wall-, ceiling-, or pole-mounted. For more information, call SunBriteTV at 866-357-8688 or visit www.sunbritetv.com.
Landscape Structures’ playground systems adorn schools, neighborhoods, and multifamily developments around the country. Now, the maker has added a modern twist to its offerings. Called PlayBooster Vibe, the new product lets developers introduce triangular shapes and interesting textures to their playground spaces. And if you already have an older-series PlayBooster playground in your development, Vibe can give it a makeover, with modules such as the Vibe Enclosure, Vibe Roof, or Vibe Climber, without busting the budget. Vibe is designed for ages 5 to 12 and exceeds ADA requirements. For more information, call Landscape Structures at 888-438-6574 or visit www.playlsi.com.
Your development’s sprinkler system is under attack—from vandals, chemically treated water, and grit. Rain Bird’s new RD1800 Series Sprays were designed to handle such challenges, long before the maintenance team notices a damaged or stolen spray head. The units feature the company’s Flow-Shield Technology, which reduces the amount of water flowing through the stem of a missing nozzle by up to 90 percent (or up to 50 percent compared with a typical pressure-regulating spray). The sprays have a pressure-activated, triple-blade wiper seal that allows more heads to be installed on the same valve while optimizing performance and durability at pop-up and retraction. The RD1800 can handle operating pressures ranging from 15 to 100 pounds per square inch. For more information, call Rain Bird at 800-724-6247 or visit www.rainbird.com.
Lounge in Style
German furniture manufacturer Dedon regularly collaborates with high-profile designers on its outdoor collections. Its new MU line of modular furniture comes from French industrial designer Toan Nguyen. The versatile range of sofas, daybeds, benches, coffee tables, and more is casually chic and constructed of the company’s namesake synthetic resin fiber, which resembles wicker. In a first for Dedon, the MU outdoor furniture family uses Ferrari Batyline textiles in its seating products, to better strengthen and support the furniture while preventing cushions from slipping. Multifamily owners can mix and match to suit any outdoor lounge area. For more information, call Dedon at 877-693-3366 or visit www.dedon.de/en.