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Flow regulators are devices that control the flow of water through our household appliances. They are manufactured here in the UK by Neoperl and are made in hundreds of sizes that can now be retro-fitted to taps and showers throughout the home, so everyone can now do their bit to save water and the energy that heats it.

Most taps will already include a flow control device at the end of the spout and it’s often only when in situ that one can identify whether the flow is too strong. We’ve all experienced a splashing cloakroom tap for instance where the flow is too fast for a smaller basin. Now the incumbent device can be easily removed and replaced with one that reduces the flow to a comfortable level. The same with showers, a valve shower often delivers far too much water and even a slight reduction adds up to a substantial water saving over the year.

Neoperl flow control device

Regardless of the prevalent water pressure, a flow regulator maintains a consistent water stream at the chosen flow rate. A typical flow regulator consists of three components, a housing, a seating area and a precision-ring. The flow is determined by the interaction between the seating area and the o-ring. As water flows through the device at a higher or lower pressure, the shape of the o-ring changes to restrict or release the flow of water.

This is demonstrated in an easy to understand way at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TktKkFck2cM&list=PLxg7O65GE0aJwYMVzOu1QJ13kP5zp2Q2B

As a spokesperson for Neoperl tell us, now is the time to look at both our own homes and advise your clients on this easy water-saving win.

“As clients spend more time working from home and adding home improvements in abundance, why not take the opportunity to talk with them about saving water too? Especially as we are all spending so much more time washing our hands resulting in many thousands more litres of water being washed down the plughole.

“It’s a really affordable solution to retro-fit a flow regulator, most consumers could do it themselves with a little advice. They simply need to be aware that flow regulators exist, obtain the right advice as to which regulator to fit to retain adequate performance and purchase a simple tool to fit it.”

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The new GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower combines maximum shower enjoyment with minimal installation effort. Thanks to smart functions and intuitive operation, users can tailor spray modes to suit individual needs or their current mood.

Installers can also benefit from offering easy shower upgrades for their customers with minimal installation work since the Rainshower SmartActive can be purchased with a matching shower rail that can be simply and easily affixed using existing drill holes.

GROHE-Rainshower-SmartActive-hand-shower-colours-collection

Equipped with GROHE SmartTip control, a simple fingertip on the rear of the ergonomically designed hand shower is all that is needed to intuitively switch between three spray modes. In the centre of the shower head, round and star-shaped jets provide a powerful ActiveMassage spray. The Rainshower SmartActive, which can be paired with a matching shower rail with a streamlined diameter of just 22mm, has been designed with efficient installation aides to provide installers with a hassle-free fitting experience.

With a flexibly adjustable glider, GROHE’s practical QuickFix system which allows the upper and lower wall brackets to be adjusted to existing drill holes, and GROHE’s TileFix technology which sees tile levelling discs become a thing of the past, install time can be significantly reduced for installers.

The new app-controlled shower from Roca uses smart technology to provide a truly unique showering experience. With its customisable settings and simple interface, up to three users within the same household are able to pre-set their desired settings for shower duration, maximum temperature and flow rates.

The interface features a colour LCD display and touch sensitive controls with soft turn dials to ensure it is extremely easy to use and control. The Smart Shower system can install two or three outlets including a Raindream showerhead, handset and Puzzle Square Jets. If homeowners select the three outlet option, the clever design allows two of them to work simultaneously. 

One of the smart benefits to the digital shower is that it can be controlled via an app. This means that users can simply use their phone or tablet from a bedside to conveniently turn on the shower and activate the warm-up function. The app also helps with energy and water saving, enabling users to monitor their water and energy consumption, to run your shower more efficiently.

For young families, the shower is equipped with a child safety mode so children can only turn the shower off and also allows for the control of flow, temperature and duration to provide peace of mind. This is reinforced by the temperature monitoring system which measures the temperature to eliminate the risk of scalding.

The Smart Shower solution also includes a Legionella cleaning programme to eliminate bacteria without the use of chemical products and a cleaning program to remove any impurities.

“It may seem like a luxury, but the Smart Shower is not just for convenience,” comments David Bromell, Head of Marketing at Roca. “In addition to providing a luxe showering experience, the intuitive system will actively work to reduce water wastage, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for the bathroom design.”

This month we take a look at Duravit’s range of shower trays, showers and accessories, products can be tailored to suit individual needs helping designers create the perfect bathroom space.

Duravit’s Tempano Shower Tray
Pictured top – the Tempano shower tray blends beautifully into the ambience of any bathroom. The glossy white surface made from sanitary acrylic is as robust as it is pleasant to the touch. An optional anti-slip coating (class C) ensures additional stability. This series comes in 27 variants – rectangular or square.

Tempano is available in flush-fitting, semi-recessed, or floor-mounted variants, Tempano combines showering comfort with great aesthetics, and the flush-fitting installation creates a generous sense of space.

The stone-like Stonetto shower tray turns showering into an encounter with nature. The unique look of the shower tray is due to its matt surface – natural, original, and authentic. Made from the high-quality DuraSolid® material, the shower tray is scratch-resistant, robust, and anti-slip (class B).

The surface of the tray and the removable outlet form a visual unit, a gentle recess into which the water vanishes. Four colours and 14 possible sizes as well as a choice of flush fitting, semi-recessed, or floor-mounted installation variants open up a host of options for customized bathroom design.

Duravit’s universal tap ranges can be combined to match the shower trays: functional with the familiar soft, round forms (B.1), geometric and straightlined (B.2), or ergonomic with a striking recess in the handle (B.3.).

Duravit Shower Systems

Pre-installed shower systems with a showerhead and hand shower, and a thermostatic or single-lever shower mixer are practical all-round solutions that do not require complex concealed installation. As a result, these shower systems are also perfect for retrofitting.

Similarly, the slim line, consummate shape of the design series C.1 by Kurt Merki Jr. combines well with all bathroom ranges. Available in a round and rectangular design, each in different sizes for ceiling or wall mounting, they promise an enjoyable showering experience every time. Matching hand showers are the perfect addition and are available in a range of different variants.

Single lever shower mixers and thermostatic mixers also come in a round or rectangular design.

Matching accessories, such as the Chrome or Matt Black towel rails (pictured below) from the Starck T series by Philippe Starck combine ultimate showering comfort with holistic bathroom design.

Duravit Accessories

Duravit AG
Founded in 1817 in Hornberg in the Black Forest, Duravit AG is today a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms. The company is active in more than 130 countries worldwide and stands for innovation in the fields of signature design, comfort-enhancing technology and premium quality. In cooperation with high-profile international designers, such as Philippe Starck, sieger design, Kurt Merki Jr., Christian Werner, Matteo Thun and Cecilie Manz, the company develops unique bathrooms that enhance quality of life for users on a sustained basis. Duravit’s product portfolio comprises sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, bathtubs and shower trays, wellness systems, shower-toilets, tap fittings and accessories as well as installation systems.

The Tempesta 250 system is now available in round and square designs offering architects and designers installation flexibility.

Rain showers remain a desirable feature of the modern bathroom with more than half of British people (54%) keen to have a large shower head that offers full-body coverage when showering.

Grohe Tempesta 250 shower set
GROHE Tempesta 250 headshower paired with GROHE SmartControl trimset and SmartActive handshower;

With its full-face Rain spray and a generous diameter of 250mm, the new GROHE Tempesta 50 head shower, which is manufactured in the brand’s own shower competence centre in Lahr, Germany, is designed to impress in every aspect.

Thanks to its slim, minimalist form and elegant chrome finish, it is an ideal solution for any modern bathroom design. From both round and square designs, the Tempesta 250 is also available as a single head shower, in a set with a shower arm or as a complete shower system.

Equipped with the water-saving GROHE EcoJoy technology, which uses a flow restrictor to reduce the water consumption to a more sustainable 9.5 litres per minute, Tempesta 250 promises showering comfort with a good conscience, and a perfect shower match for the 54% of Brits who would like a shower that could assist them in being more sustainable in their day-to-day life2 . At the same time, the perfect geometry of the nozzles on the shower head ensures that the water flow remains powerful – for a voluminous shower experience that doesn’t
compromise on performance.

● Features a full-face Rain spray designed to cover the whole body
● 250mm diameter shower head in round or square designs
● Integrated water flow limiter, GROHE EcoJoy, offers sustainable water use with
compromising on shower experience
● A range of product variants allows greater flexibility to cater to individual customer
specification and demand

For more information visit the website.

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VitrA has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of Origin brassware, showers and accessories.

The subtle, elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

There are over 150 pieces in the collection including monobloc taps in four heights, wall and deck mounted mixers, and both concealed and exposed thermostatic and manual showers with a choice of handheld or fixed overhead showers. A comprehensive range of accessories complements taps and showers. All pieces are available in chrome, brushed nickel, copper and matt black finishes.

VitrA Origin Showerhead

“This is a beautiful, comprehensive collection,” comments Marketing Manager Margaret Talbot. “The design-for-all ethos can be seen throughout with the choice of finishes, sizes and product types.  Top-quality materials have been used with cartridges that allow light fingertip control and deliver an efficient flow rate.  There are products to satisfy the most demanding specification with basin mixers, baths, showers, wet rooms, WCs and complementary accessories.

VitrA Origin also includes colour-matched bottle traps and waste covers. The exposed and concealed shower systems can be installed using VitrA’s innovative Minibox and V-Box systems.”  Origin taps require an operating pressure of 0.3 bar.

www.VitrA.co.uk

Pictured: Origin shower in matt black from VitrA

Lakes, best known as a manufacturer of innovative showering spaces, has enhanced its premium Island Collection with the addition of Antigua and Aruba. The exciting new ‘showroom exclusive’ products are designed with Lakes Definitions for an exclusive finishing touch.

The Antigua is an elegant 2-metre high slider with high specification design. It includes an easy-glide, softly closing door; concealed wheels for a cooler look; a low threshold for easy and safe access; and a solid cast handle in chrome complete with smooth, rounded edges for supreme elegance. An ultra-slim gap between the fixed panel and sliding door, and a discreet Quick Release mechanism adds to the practical and aesthetic appeal of this impressive showering space.

The Aruba has all the performance and design benefits of the Antigua and with the addition of a side panel, making this showering space ideal for corner areas. Both products benefit from Lakes Glass – PureVueHD low-iron glass for superior clarity and AllClear® advanced glass coating for long-life looks. Glass thickness is 8mm.

Lakes Premium Island Collection
Lakes Aruba showering space shown with a gold handle and profile caps from Lakes Definitions

Define the showering space with Lakes Definitions

Lakes Definitions is a new contemporary suite of shower door handles and accessories, designed exclusively for the Antigua and Aruba. The high-quality cast handles and stylish profile caps are available in four on-trend colour options: gold, rose gold, nickel and matt black. This latest innovation meets the growing demand from homeowners to personalise their complete showering space to suit their bathroom style. The handles and caps can be fitted retrospectively too, making Lakes Definitions a flexible choice for bathroom renovations.

All of Lakes products are backed by a unique ‘no quibble’ lifetime guarantee.

For more information visit www.lakesshoweringspaces.com.

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Pictured Top: Lakes Antigua showering space with a chrome handle and profile caps as standard

Lakes, a carbon neutral company and leading manufacturer of showering spaces, has launched Lakes Definitions – a new colour range of shower door handles and profile caps. The contemporary suite meets a growing demand from homeowners to personalise their bathroom or showering space with complementary accessories.

Lakes Definitions was developed for Lakes’ new showroom exclusive Antigua and Aruba showering spaces, from its premium Island Collection. The high quality cast handles and stylish caps are available in four on-trend colour options – gold, rose gold, nickel and matt black. They can also be fitted retrospectively, making it easy to change colours at any point to match new bathroom furniture.

Lakes Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam, comments: “This latest development is part of our ongoing strategy to help drive new high margin opportunities for our merchant and stockist customers. Colour is increasingly important for home improvements and Lakes Definitions allows homeowners to personalise their complete showering space to suit their bathroom style. Making the new handle and caps easy to change at any point was important too, providing a flexible choice for bathroom renovations.

“Small touches can often make a big difference,” adds Mike. “We’re very excited about this latest development and early indications show that our customers love it too, with many adding our Aruba showering space to their showroom displays straight away. Rose gold and matt black appear to be particular favourites!”

For more information on Lakes Definitions visit www.lakesshoweringspaces.com or call our sales team on 01684 853 870.

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The latest Outlet Unit from Unidrain promises an efficient and cost-effective building solution. The new Outlet Unit is easy to install and reduces not only the number of materials needed but the time it takes to complete the building process, and according to Unidrain is destined to be in high demand thanks to Unidrain’s award-winning reputation for excellence.

Unidrain has expanded their range; to include a newly developed outlet unit with an extra-low installation height – just 69 mm. The solution includes a brand new water trap with a height of 50 mm. This new outlet unit is almost 20 mm lower than the manufacturer’s existing outlet units.

“We’ve developed a solution where the building height is lowered by almost 20 mm, which actually means a lot in construction. The extra-low outlet unit and water trap provide several benefits on site which combine to make installation both easier and faster. It is particularly beneficial for renovation and conversion projects as they benefit from a lower drainage installation that’s easier to build into an existing floor,” says Lasse Lyck, Technical Manager at Unidrain.

A lower solution with lots of capacity
The water trap effectively guides the water out of the shower and eliminates odour; the water capacity in the new water trap is 32 litres per minute; making the solution well above the minimum requirement of 24 litres per minute. The water trap can easily be dismantled for cleaning and if a rear facing outlet is required the trap can be rotated as needed.

“We kept the height as low as possible, so the installation also ends up being very low but without compromising on either function or effectiveness. We’ve optimised the solution in terms of size whilst at the same time retained all its benefits and lots of capacity,” says Lasse Lyck.

In addition to being VA-approved, the product meets all common Danish standards, such as BR18 (including SBi Guideline 252) and DS 432. In addition, the solution meets the important European standard EN1253 and is approved in most European countries.

Unidrain: Established in 2003 this design company has gone from inventing the linear floor drain to creating a
leading international brand, spreading Danish design ethics and Nordic minimalism to the rest of the globe.
From five star hotels in the Maldives, to the Award winning Herman K in Copenhagen Unidrain products and
accessories play a key role in the look and feel of the most stylish bathrooms on the planet.

We’ve rarely so longed to be outdoors, on holiday or enjoying the unrestricted freedom of travel as now. As the manufacturer of premium bathrooms, Kaldewei shows how you can satisfy your craving for a holiday or a relaxing break – at home in your own bathroom. Kaldewei has put together a few design ideas for the bathroom, so you can create a carefree sense of holiday, sun and rest into your home.

The lush green of the rainforest, the turquoise Mediterranean or the dazzling blue sky with white fluffy clouds on a Tyrolean mountain are all sensual impressions of holidays which stay with us all our lives, providing the indescribable feeling of untrammelled freedom, relaxation and contentment. There is no better place than the bathroom to think upon these moments, snatch back that elation and free ourselves temporarily from the many constraints we face in daily life. With the right design, you can switch off from everyday life here and enjoy a real holiday feel in your own home.

Almost like the rainforest: natural materials meet natural decor

Immerse yourself in a virtual rainforest with maximum comfort for showering, bathing and freshening up at the washbasin. Natural materials for the flooring, bathroom furniture and accessories such as wood, velvet or silk go perfectly with the sustainable bathroom solutions from the Kaldewei Emerso line and the Nexsys channel showers, creating a harmonious effect in green, white and brown. Aside from tingling rain showers, natural decorations on the walls and plants in the bathroom all combine to create the impression of a natural paradise. This impression is reinforced through the use of steel and glass – fused together into unique Kaldewei steel enamel – whose elements also come from nature. Creating a wellbeing space that feels like the rainforest when combined with accessories such as comfortable chairs and cushions,
can be made into the perfect space for quiet and rest at home.

Mediterranean lightness in the bathroom: focus on curves and delicate design

Turquoise water surrounded by cliffs and that sense of lightness that is integral to the Mediterranean – both are reflected perfectly in the combination of turquoise and grey as wall and floor colours, together with the alpine white of an exclusive Kaldewei trio:

Kaldewei Meisterstück Incava Miena Washbasin Bowls & Nexsys_Shower

All multi-award winning classics, the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface, the freestanding Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval bathtub and the Miena washbasin bowls are stand-out features in your holiday bathroom thanks to their curves and delicate design. The advantages are the bathtub’s curved corners, the delicate fine edges of the washbasin bowls and the shower’s integrated waste channel. The design of the shower area with the floor-level transition further opens up the room and accentuates the sense of unrestricted freedom in the bathroom.

Kaldewei Meisterstücke: Blue mountain sky meets ocean-like waves

Whether it’s a reminder of the dazzling blue of the sky on a Tyrolean mountain with a scattering of fluffy clouds, or of the roaring Atlantic’s crested waves: sky blue combined with white is trumps in your holiday bathroom at home. The bathtub and washbasins of the freestanding Meisterstück Emerso line and the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in alpine white offer a vivid contrast to the wall colour and bring back beautiful memories of long-past holidays. As you enjoy the pleasant feel of Kaldewei steel enamel on your skin as you bathe, you will be reminded of sea cliffs washed smooth by the water. And when you gaze over the slightly raised edge of Arik Levi’s beautifully designed Meisterstück, you get a sense of waves ebbing and flowing.

Kaldewei Emerso Meisterstück Bathtub & Washbasins Nexsys sm

These are sensual impressions that you can only experience in a Kaldewei bathroom thanks to the balance of natural materials and exceptional design. Because the surface of Kaldewei steel enamel is ultra easy to clean, your holiday buzz won’t be destroyed by laborious scrubbing– it will stay with you long after your bath or shower. Holidaying at home also means far less pressure on the environment. Longhaul flights will be difficult and no-one wants to spend soul-destroying hours in traffic jams. Kaldewei steel enamel with its natural raw materials which can be 100 % recycled further boosts this awareness of the environment.