SHOWER HEAT RECOVERY UNIT (SHRU)
The fit and forget Baxi Assure Shower Heat Recovery Unit (SHRU) range can offer up to 66.6 per cent heat recovery and up to 8 per cent SAP benefits. The SHRU are designed to recover heat from waste bath or shower water via the in-built heat exchanger, which is then transferred to the mains cold water feed to the boiler. This places less energy load on the boiler to raise the temperature to the desired level of comfort.
LOW NOISE PIPE SYSTEMS
Building on the 30-year plastic low-noise legacy of the Wavin AS system, the new and improved AS+ solution provides advanced noise reduction in soil and waste systems. The compact design is ideal for small and narrow spaces, a unique material composition delivers sound absorption, whilst a patented blue seal assists in leak and failure-proof installation.
SEALANT & ADHESIVE
The recently relaunched Geocel Trade Mate range includes a number of products for plumbing applications, such as Plumber Flue, Plumber Joint, Plumber Thread, Plumber Grease, Sanitary Seal and Mirror Fix. Trade Mate Sanitary Seal silicone sealant is a fast curing, acetoxy sealant suitable for sealing all types of common sanitary wear. Available in clear and white, it contains a fungicide to resist mould growth, will not crack or discolour, and is ready to use in just one hour.
Building on the trend for industrial style kitchens, Blanco UK has introduced eight sinks across three ranges. Etagon, Vintera and Metra are now available in durable Silgranit in a new concrete colour. The material is anti-bacterial easy to clean and hygienic, with the same tactile qualities as concrete and gradients that differ in each unit just like real polished concrete surfaces.
Tradespeople can offer customers easy shower upgrades with minimal installation work with the Grohe Rainshower SmartActive. Available in 130mm and 150mm sizes, 11 colour finishes – and a round or square design – it can be affixed to any standard shower hose. The manufacturer’s QuickFix system allows the upper and lower three wall brackets to be adjusted to existing drill holes, whilst TileFix technology eliminates tile levelling discs become a thing of the past, install time can be significantly reduced for installers.
SHOWER EXTRACT FAN KITS
A one-box solution for a super-fast installation is how National Ventilation describes its Monsoon Shower Extract Fans. There are now two new boxed-options available; the Monsoon Shower Extract Kit with a shower grille and the Monsoon Showerlite LED Extract Kit with an energy-saving LED shower light to provide illumination, as well as extraction.
Installers can achieve a long-lasting and quality flow stream, whilst protecting taps from limescale build up, with the Cascade, Smart Lime Clean (SLC), retrofit tap aerator from Neoperl. Available in many sizes to suit most basin, bath and kitchen taps, this low-cost, precision-made device fits into the end of a tap, can be easily retrofitted and does not need to be removed for cleaning.
The Roman Fast Fix assembly system makes the handling and manoeuvering of sliding door showering units much easier and safer. Amongst a number of installation innovations, the company’s designers have essentially turned fully framed units into more manageable modular sections. A Sliding Door is now in two sections with an assembled door and an assembled panel packed separately – with the top and bottom rails unattached.
There’s zero joints in the Wharf Seamless Select worktop design so there is nowhere for any dirt, food or liquid to collect – plus, no sealing, painting or grouting is required. Completely waterproof and very easy to clean, it offers a bespoke solution across 33 contemporary decors that can be created as desired, like a statement island unit or curved breakfast bar, all custom-made to fit exact needs, space requirements and project specifications.
A contemporary twist on the classic Shaker style has been introduced by Symphony Group. Harvard is available in three colour options – Pebble, Hunters Green and Charcoal – and features narrow frames in a one-piece shaker design. The colour palette is influenced by the current trend for neutrals in interiors, which can be complemented by stainless steel appliances, metallic accessories and marble or concrete-effect worksurfaces.
Monarch Water’s HE water softener range is now approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS). Following testing, the range has proven to be of a suitable quality and standard against water fitting regulations, which means that it will be supported by UK water authorities.