A "smart" toilet with an automatically opening lid, an oven that also refrigerates food, and an in-sink dishwasher are a few of the home products that ranked on a top-20 list of "cool products," selected by a panel of judges for the PCBC building show that will be held next week in San Francisco. The annual conference, launched in 1959 as the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, is expected to draw over 25,000 home builders, developers, architects, product manufacturers and industry consultants this year and will feature 600 exhibitors at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Ranking first on the top-20 list is a gas-fired water heater that heats water only when it detects a demand from an open water source and then shuts off automatically when the water tap is closed. This system is housed in a compact, wall-mounted unit that saves floor space and energy and is expected to last for 25 years. Solar Board, a new type of board that is engineered to block about 97 percent of the sun's radiant h...
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