Our roundup of the latest ceilings, wall-framing, and wall-finishing products includes a new and improved plaster binder, formaldehyde-free and antimicrobial ceiling panels, a FSC-certified bamboo panel system, a vaulted ceiling daylighting system, and other interior solutions. — Rita Catinella Orrell


Certified bamboo finishes

FSC-certified and World Wildlife Fund–approved Bamboo Hardwoods offers a full line of formaldehyde-free and nontoxic UV-cured finished products. As part of its line, the Seattle-based company offers five species of bamboo poles for uses including wall and ceiling coverings, furniture, gazebos, and other applications. Each pole species offers different colors, diameters, and thicknesses. Shown above is a porch ceiling cover made with half-round and full bamboo poles. Bamboo Hardwoods, Seattle. www.bamboohardwoods.com


Breathing easier

With its newly reformulated ceiling panels, USG has become the first manufacturer to offer formaldehyde-free ceiling panels and the highest level of antimicrobial protection available on the market.

Two levels of antimicrobial protection are offered, while more than 25 ceiling families deliver formaldehyde-free or low-formaldehyde performance standard, without any additional charges or lead time. Of those, eight product lines exceed the California Office of the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment standard. USG, Chicago. www.usg.com


Tougher framing lumber

Boise Cascade has introduced a new wall-framing product designed for tall walls and other applications where strong, straight framing materials are needed. Competitive with laminated-strand products, Versa-Stud offers at least 2.1 times more bending strength and 20 percent more stiffness than No. 2 SPF (Spruce-Pine-Fir) 2 x 6 studs, and none of the cracks or other issues that can plague solid lumber. Versa-Stud is available in a 1¼'' width and five depths: 3¼'', 5¼'', 7¼'', 9¼'', and 11¼'', all in lengths up to 24'. Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products, Boise. www.bc.com


Naturally lit vaulted and panel ceilings

The Eisenbeisz Design Studio has created a new daylighting system where natural light is reflected by carefully engineered panels within the ceiling assembly. The suspended ceiling panels in the center are positioned to reflect the incoming light into the room regardless of the position of the sun, without the effects of damaging solar UV and heat gain. The panels are made of lightweight natural wood veneer with stained or painted surfaces. The perimeter is detailed with a soffit or crown molding to compliment the overall architectural style of the residence or commercial building. Eisenbeisz Design Studio, Santa Barbara, Calif. john@eisendesignstudio.com