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As the cost of living continues to increase and energy prices soar, a leading global bathroom and kitchen brand, GROHE, has shared its top tips on reducing energy consumption in the home.

Ebru Bircan, Leader, Marketing Activation UK, LIXIL EMENA, comments: “Sustainability is incredibly important to us and it’s something we consider in everything from designing products to how they’re packaged. We pride ourselves on creating innovations which help people live and buy more consciously; easily sustainable homes continue to be a priority for many of us after the pandemic (1) and with the added increase in energy bills, we hope to help people see how they can live more resourcefully while helping the environment and without compromising on product design or features.”

  1. Start with the basics – if you’re constantly leaving appliances or other equipment plugged in or on standby, you could be draining nearly £70 worth of unused electricity per year. Learn to switch off and unplug once you’ve finished using things such as kettles, air fryers, hair dryers and more.
  1. Consider when you really need to use warm or hot water; often cold water (which uses less energy) will suffice and we waste hot water and therefore the energy in heating it up. Small changes can add up to making a big impact, if you need a helping hand, consider GROHE’s SilkMove ES (energy saving) cold-start technology. Integrated into a number of our bathroom and kitchen product lines, the feature means only cold water is provided when the lever is in the middle position, making warm water a conscious decision. Plus, partnered with a flow restrictor to reduce water consumption by 50%, you’ll find it easier than ever to save water.
  1. We all know we should only be boiling the water we need when we’re using kettles, but often it’s harder to put into practice. Whether you tend to over-estimate or someone always asks for a cup of tea shortly after declining, a kettle-hot tap may help keep you in check. The GROHE Red water system delivers kettle-hot water direct from the tap helping to save time, energy, and space.
  1. Showering is often a sense of calm for many of us. Whether it’s the time needed to wake up in the morning or wind down in the evening; it’s one of life’s daily luxuries. However, an unnecessarily high-water flow can mean we’re wasting litres of water. Users can save up to 50% on water without compromising on the shower quality with the GROHE EcoButton which is available across a range of GROHE shower thermostats. With the simple push of a button, users can increase the water volume if they wish, providing them with the easy option to shower in an eco-friendlier manner at first.
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GROHE Grohtherm 1000 thermostat and GROHE Tempesta 100 hand shower with GROHE EcoJoy for reduced water-flow showering
  1. One of the easiest ways to save on water bills is to reduce your water consumption. You might think that’s easier said than done, but there are industry innovations which enable you to continue enjoying using water as needed. EcoJoy technology by GROHE helps reduce water consumption by up to 50%, by using a flow restrictor to cut down from 10 litres per minute to just over 5 litres, while an aerator provides the same voluminous experience as that offered by a regular tap, meaning the experience isn’t compromised.

[1] https://trend-monitor.co.uk/the-top-ten-priorities-for-our-homes-in-2022/

There’s never been a more important time to reduce our use of both water and energy and the shower is a great place to start.  Couple Neoperl’s Chromalux® Supreme Shower Hose with a retrofittable Pressure Compensating Washer (PCW) to save water and control the flow.

The Chromalux Supreme Shower Hose collection offers a range of smooth, soft and flexible hoses incorporating chrome-plated connectivity with the options of a swivel connection, an integrated check valve and washer regulator. A revolving connection feature also prevents the hose from twisting during use. The overall look is where the ‘Supreme’ range truly differs to others in the Chromalux collection, offering a totally smooth finish in a choice of 4 colours: chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass and matt black.

Bathroom_Review_Neoperl_ Chromalux® Supreme

All Chromalux hoses fulfil EN113 standards in functional and durability testing and hold hygienic approvals too. These hoses come in 150, 175 or 200cm lengths, the cone length is 30mm with a G½” thread.

Couple a Chromalux shower hose with a PCW Flow Regulator, to save water. These flow regulators maintain a pleasant and consistent water stream at a chosen flow rate, regardless of external water pressure. They work using two dynamic control rings (O-rings) within the flow regulator, which at low pressure encourage a high flow rate due to a larger bypass section and at high pressure the o-rings are pressed into the gaps between the teeth of the core, thus reducing the size of the opening for the water, leading to pressure independent flow rates.

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About Neoperl

Neoperl is a UK manufacturer and part of the German-Swiss Neoperl Group. They design and manufacture innovative solutions for the plumbing industry and their products shape the water stream, regulate the flow rate and protect drinking water. In the UK they largely manufacture flow regulators and are one of the world’s leading suppliers, from their Malvern, Worcestershire factory. Their flow regulators and aerators can be found in most showers, taps and boilers across the UK. Many of their products can also be retrofitted providing great water saving solutions for the home.

Check out how to install their products at www.neoperl.net/en/.html or call their technical team on 01684 564869.

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Showcasing its newly accredited Cradle to Cradle Certified® products, supplier of bathroom and kitchen fittings, GROHE, made its first industry exhibition appearance since the beginning of the pandemic at the HIX design show last month.

The globally recognised Cradle to Cradle (C2C) design approach was first developed in the 90s to drastically reduce waste and the drain on new resources. It is achieved by designing intelligent products, processes, and systems that look at the overall lifecycle of the product.

Whilst this concept differentiates between consumer goods (e.g. natural fibres or detergent), which are biodegradable, and service products (e.g. taps), that are broken down into their original materials, this approach means that C2C products can potentially be reused endlessly, enhancing typical recycling practices.

To achieve certification, products must attain a designated level of achievement within the following categories: material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.

To date, four GROHE products have been Cradle to Cradle Certified at gold level: three taps – GROHE BauEdge S-Size, GROHE Eurosmart S-Size and GROHE Eurosmart Kitchen, as well as the GROHE Tempesta shower rail set. The certified products are four of GROHE’s best-sellers and are also affordable, cost-efficient fittings that make sustainable solutions accessible to hospitality projects of all scales and budgets.

“We were so pleased to finally be able to attend our first event following the onset of the pandemic,” says Ebru Bircan, Leader, Marketing Activation UK, LIXIL EMENA and GROHE UK.

“Continuing to pioneer sustainable solutions that combat the over-consumption of natural resources is an imperative part of GROHE’s sustainability strategy. We also intend to keep working with hotel brands to develop more ways in which hospitality and sustainability can come together seamlessly to leave a lasting impression on guests, whilst reducing the impact on our environment.”

Grohe Tempesta HIX event cradle to cradle
GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set – C2C Certified

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The new CRYSTAL aerator from Neoperl, generates a clear laminar water stream from a tap or shower. Free of milky bubbles, often associated with water aerators, this crystal-clear water flow offers the benefit of being very quiet and splash-free, even when the water is falling from a great height.

This new range of Crystal retrofittable aerators offer optimal stream performance and comfort at flow rates of 15-25 litres per minute and are particularly useful in reducing the noise of running bath taps or showers. They reduce splashing too, so are very suitable for open showering situations where there may be more than one bather, as in a commercial shower or washroom. As the water stream stays compact, even when falling from a height of 2.5m, the water stays at temperature longer, effectively engulfing the bather in warm water.

Crystal aerator models are now available for shower heads, kitchen taps and bath taps and like most Neoperl retrofittable aerators can be simply inserted at the spout end of an existing tap, replacing any incumbent flow device, or in a shower, upstream of the outlet. For more advice on the correct model, please contact Neoperl UK on 01684-564869.

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Whilst the world has been focussed on the COVID pandemic, another equally concerning pandemic affecting the health of our planet has been bought to the fore. A new report by E.ON shows that today’s consumers are now more than ever aware of their environmental footprint and are actively seeking sustainable products for the home.

The good green consumer

More than a third of Brits surveyed said they had made a shift in their buying habits to actively source products from businesses with eco credentials with a further four in five (80%) planning to purchase goods and services from businesses they know have made a concerted effort to be environmentally friendly.

Sven Rensinghoff, Head of Marketing & Product Management for Bette agrees “The pandemic has resulted in many of us thinking more about our lives and what is important, and this has had an impact on how we think about the products we buy. There seems to be a desire to buy better and to buy in a more considered way. How a product is made and used, and the resources used to make it are an important part of that story.”

Bette produces glazed titanium-steel baths, shower trays and washbasins that combine high-end design with robust eco-credentials, the company also strives to improve its sustainability every year through a host of initiatives that cover everything from the energy it uses, to the packaging that protects its products. 

Bette Undermount loft Washbasin
Bette Loft Undermount Basin

Green promises

As businesses respond to growing consumer demand, more than half of business decision-makers said a ‘green recovery’ should be a priority as the nation rebuilds with 72% of businesses saying the pandemic has made them reconsider their environmental credentials. However, as the eco battleground becomes more competitive, greenwashing is, without a doubt on the rise. For the consumer, it can be difficult to evaluate the true eco-friendly credentials of your next purchase. “We need a shared understanding of what sustainable building means. It has to be measurable, applicable and comparable.” says Franz Kaldewei. 

Somewhat a pioneer of long-lasting and recyclable bathroom products, Kaldewei works with various partners and architect networks to raise awareness of sustainable building among professionals and private builders. Its commitment to the environment and sustainability doesn’t end with the finished product it goes much further, they are involved in numerous collaborations, including the long-term partnership with an environmental conservation organisation, the WWF. 

Ming Washbasin

Waterways

Water conservation is also a key factor when it comes to sustainable design, not only for house-builders and architects but increasingly for consumers. Paul Bailey, Leader, Category Specialist UK, LIXIL EMENA, responsible for GROHE bathroom product category in the UK explains “As a nation, we are becoming increasingly more aware of the impact we are having on the planet and sustainability will therefore continue to be a key trend for homeowners.

“Ignited by the introduction of smart water meters, we are more aware of our water consumption than ever before, which is in turn leading to more informed purchasing behaviour which will extend to the foreseeable future and well beyond.”

Technological advances are making it easier for homeowners to integrate sustainable fittings and practices into their everyday lives, catering to the rising demand for an eco-conscious lifestyle.

Pictured below: GROHE’s EcoJoy™ products are systematically designed to save water and energy.

GROHE Tempesta Sustainable Design
GROHE Tempesta 250 Cube head shower

All that glitters is green

There is no reason why sustainable design means we should compromise on style, one example is VitrA’s Suit U design – it comes with an integrated water aerator: a small attachment that sits on the end of the tap. The aerator adds streams of air into the water flow so less water is used in the same amount of time, a simple way to take control over water usage.

VitrA is also committed to reducing the use of non-renewable resources in manufacturing, all VitrA products are made in line with the Blue Life philosophy, set to the highest sustainable standards. VitrA’s portfolio includes a variety of stylish innovative water-saving designs for taps, WC’s baths and showers.

Picture credit: Ming Washbasin (middle) photography by Bryan Adams

By Diane Larner

All GROHE EcoJoy™ products are systematically designed to save water and energy so that precious resources are conserved. These products, equipped with water-saving technologies, offer the perfect water experience without the need to compromise. Reducing water and energy consumption goes hand in hand with convenience and attractive design. Less water, perfect flow.

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GROHE Tempesta 250 shower set (Cube design) with thermostat for wall mounting

Designed to be wall-mounted, this exposed shower system features a Tempesta 250 Cube head shower, a Tempesta Cosmopolitan 100 hand shower, thermostat, shower rail with 390mm swivable shower arm and gliding element to adjust the hand shower, plus a 1750mm Rotaflex Twistfree hose.

At 250mm the head shower creates a generous showering area and has an appealing slim profile. The spray pattern is the gentle, refreshing Rain Spray. There are 2 spray patterns to choose from on the 100mm hand shower – the soft Rain and the powerful, targeted Jet Spray. Both showers feature water-saving GROHE EcoJoy – limiting flow to 9.5l/min on the head shower and 5.7l/min on the hand shower – for reduced water consumption but the same great performance.

The shower system delivers water at a constant temperature with no nasty surprises, thanks to GROHE’s TurboStat technology makes sure that the water is a constant temperature with no unpleasant fluctuations. The GROHE SafeStop override button is set at 38°C to prevent scalding and keep the whole family protected. And the GROHE SafeStop Plus temperature limiter can be set to limit to 43°C for an extra level of safety. Switch between head and hand shower and adjust the volume, all via one handle, with the AquaDimmer function. 

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The new digitally advanced GROHE Plus basin taps offer users the possibility to accurately control the water temperature and includes a visual colour marker to encourage users to avoid wasting energy.

Using the principle of “nudging”, a concept from behavioural economics, users are made aware when hot water is flowing unnecessarily which in turn encourages users to avoid wasting energy. This design approach promotes responsible use of the valuable resource of water and saves energy at the same time.

The eco-friendly functionality of GROHE Plus is reinforced by its accessible Eco Spray setting. To switch from the standard spray to the more refined Eco Spray of just four litres per minute users can simply swipe their hand over the lit icon on top of the spout to activate the sensor-controlled system which will change the water flow. The GROHE Plus collection also skillfully combines round and square elements, this makes the range a real statement for every modern bathroom, both in terms of sustainability and design.

Progressive design for elegant features in the bathroom
The dynamic design language of GROHE Plus is inspired by the arc, which symbolises both strength and lightness. Combining circular shapes with the crisp, clean lines of a cube, GROHE Plus creates an exciting architectural silhouette. At the same time, the design supports ergonomic comfort and invites interaction. The 90-degree swivel spout also increases the user-friendliness and caters for a variety of different interactions and uses.

The combination of cubic and organic shapes not only distinguishes GROHE Plus aesthetically but also makes the tap collection the perfect counterpart to both square and round ceramic lines such as GROHE Essence or GROHE Cube – all according to personal interior design style. To complete the harmonious overall look of the bathroom, the two-tone surface of GROHE Plus’ LED display made of chrome and high-quality acrylic glass in MoonWhite can also be found in several of GROHE’s shower collections too, such as the GROHE SmartControl thermostat and GROHE Rainshower SmartActive head showers.

In addition to the new digitally-enhanced models, the GROHE Plus collection includes a wide range of classic single-lever mixers in different sizes and with additional functions such as a pull-out spout, wall-mounted 2-hole basin mixers, taps for shower and bathtub, and a visually striking freestanding bathtub option. For even greater design freedom that meets the growing demand for personalised style in the bathroom, GROHE Plus is available in Chrome, SuperSteel and Brushed Hard Graphite finishes, the latter of which is accompanied by a black LED display.

RRP from £699.00

Learn more about GROHE’s sustainable technologies by visiting GROHE X.

The Cascade, Smart Lime Clean (SLC), retrofit tap aerator from Neoperl has been created to ensure a long-lasting quality flow stream, whilst protecting the tap from limescale build-up.

The Cascade SLC is available in many sizes to suit most basin, bath and kitchen taps. It is a low-cost, precision-made device that fits into the end of a tap and can be easily retrofitted. Most taps today come with some form of stream control that after use gathers calcium deposits restricting the flow of water. The beauty of the Cascade SLC is that it does not need to be removed for cleaning, the limescale can simply be rubbed away with a finger ensuring the tap stream remains straight and soft.

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It is available in various flow rates and can be purchased with an integral flow control too with pressure compensating (PC) technology, helping to reduce the amount of water used. It can deliver either an aerated or laminar flow stream, the latter being a requirement for some commercial environments. Cascade can also be purchased with an adjustable stream angle (SSR) which allows the tilting plate at the spout to be angled between 6-10 degrees. Cascade is a really affordable, easy to retrofit solution, that saves water too.

For more information visit www.neoperl.net

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The Ritmonio DOT316 round taps range is manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, delivering both functionality and aesthetics for hospitality venues.

DOT316 Round takes its name from the perfect and harmonious geometries of the archetypal circle shape, which in this new version is reflected in both the body and the spout of the tap, for a simply sophisticated bathroom. A great alternative to the straight lines of DOT316, DOT316 offers a new option for those who love more delicate and sinuous lines.

DOT316 Round features ‘rotative’ controls that enhance this design that is so distinctive of the collection. The collection also maintains water-saving features, to meet the needs of all users.

Available in brushed black and brushed champagne stainless steel, DOT316 Round offers a touch of modernity and greater freedom when planning and designing.

A new balance between shape and functionality, DOT316 responds to new interior design trends.

Technical Features:

This series is among Ritmonio’s products with water-saving features, characterized by the ECO water flow – delivering less than 9 l/m – it is designed to encourage consumers to use environmental resources responsibly.

DOT316 Round Taps

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About Ritmonio

Ritmonio has manufactured safety valves and brass, copper, aluminium and stainless steel components for 70 yrs. In addition, the Bath and Shower Division produces designer taps and fittings for bathrooms. By combining fine craftsmanship, design and production skills, Ritmonio creates exclusive and authentic Made in Italy products that are functional yet stylish and eco-friendly.

VASCO is expanding its range of electric heating solutions, to include an updated Wi-Fi-controlled electric radiator, the Niva, together with a hybrid version of the designer radiator the Niva Mix.

Electric radiators are the perfect partner for new ‘green’ builds and renovations; especially when
combined with the installation of ground source heat pumps or solar panels.

The newly upgraded Niva range of electric radiators are easily controlled you can choose from a radio frequency version, which is not connected to your home internet and comes with a compliant thermostat as standard.

The electric radiator also has a VASCO Climate Control app (you will need the E-Volve Wi-Fi control version), this and the control unit can be ordered separately. The compact Wi-Fi module uses Bluetooth to communicate with a small temperature sensor located in the same room as the radiator. A third version, which allows you to control the radiator with your home automation system, is also available.

The Niva is a dry thermal panel electric radiator and does not contain any water; it heats up very quickly as it uses VASCO’s new infrared technology to generate a comfortable, radiant heat.

The upgraded electric Niva allows you to control and limit the radiator’s surface temperature, which is an extremely practical feature in rooms where safety is paramount, such as nurseries, it is far lighter than a water-filled radiator making it much easier to install based on a plug-and-play principle.

Niva Mix: hybrid radiator available in 2 sizes
The VASCO Niva Mix is an exciting new hybrid radiator. It is an ideal solution as it offers two options: it can be connected to a hydronic central heating system or run on electricity. This makes the Niva Mix hybrid radiator perfect for areas that need to heat up quickly when the central heating system is switched off, such as bathrooms.

The minimalist, sleek and stylish electric Niva and Niva Mix radiators are available in an extensive range of colours that will work with any interior.

Wide range of accessories
All VASCO accessories that are suitable for the hydronic Niva radiators are also available for the upgraded electric Niva and the Niva Mix.

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About Vasco – www.vasco.eu
Vasco offers a wide range of innovative and sustainable total solutions in the field of heating, ventilation and cooling for an optimal indoor climate. For example, Vasco delivers high-quality and internationally acclaimed design radiators that are characterized by a combination of top design and functionality. The quality brands for panel radiators are Superia in Belgium and Brugman in Germany, France, Poland and the Netherlands. In addition to radiators, Vasco is also an important player in the field of ventilation and underfloor heating. Vasco radiators are guaranteed with a quality guarantee for a period of 10 years on waterproofness and lacquer. The production companies are located in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland. Vasco, headquartered in Dilsen (BE), has approx. 500 employees and is part of the Swiss Arbonia Group.