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17th August 2012
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The US National Kitchen & Bath Association recently recognised kitchen and bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honours during the Educators' Forum at the NKBA's 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago.
Everyone has their favourite perfume. When in the bottle it could be anyone's, but once someone wears it, it becomes individually theirs, they become themselves, feeling incomplete when not wearing it. A perfume magically lifts spirits and stirs emotions.
Having just returned from a festival where I enjoyed the use of some very impressive 'compost loos', as opposed to the more traditional type - and about to head off to another, which is likely to offer yet another way of dealing with human waste, it was with interest that I read briefly about the winners of the Bill Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge (see more below).
The ones I've become used to over the past week are very basic but they're great for the environment as they don't require any water at all. A bucket of sawdust, some anti-bacterial handwash and a little solar lighting is all that's needed to keep everything fresh and easy to use and I didn't notice any unpleasant smells emanating from any of the little blocks of wooden huts in the six days I was away.
It's incredible just what the human brain can come up with when there's a real need, isn't it?
And with vast swathes of the world without adequate sanitation - and growing demands on Mother Earth's water resources, there is a real need in this area. I'm looking forward to learning more about the attributes of those schemes that caught the Microsoft founder's eye and will report back in our next issue.
You'll have to wait a while though, as John & I are taking our annual holidays and our next issue won't be broadcast until Friday 7th September.
We will be keeping an eye on our emails while we're away though, so if you have anything of interest to share with our readers, do please let us know about it.
This Week's News
At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect on Monday.
For more than 100 years, guests from all over the world have found peace and relaxation in an exclusive setting on Mont-Pèlerin near Geneva. The 5-star Le Mirador Kempinski luxury hotel and the 14 exclusive apartments promote maximum wellbeing for guests and owners. Living up to this credo, several of the hotel suites and private residences are equipped with high-quality baths and floor-level shower trays in Kaldewei steel enamel.
Sensio is delighted that it is now a corporate member of the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association. As a leading lighting manufacturer, Sensio has joined the organisation with a goal of providing help and support to all kitchen retail KBSA members.
Anti-scald bathroom equipment manufacturer Inta is encouraging bathroom merchants to follow the lead of online retailer Notjusttaps, after it announced the launch of a division dedicated to healthcare washroom products on its site.
Inta specialises in TMV2 and TMV3 compliant thermostatic mixing valves, taps and showers, all of which feature its innovative anti-scald technology. The company, which has spent a decade campaigning for greater anti-scald education, successfully lobbied for changes to building regulations in the UK that make the fitting of TMV2 valves in all new bathrooms compulsory.
The elegant Epos EOV glass sink from Franke is designed to complement a stylish, modern kitchen and makes a stunning aesthetic statement.
Ellis Furniture is expanding the popular Inspire range of contemporary gloss kitchens to include three new colours - gloss graphite, gloss caramel and gloss cream - and a variety of new cabinet styles including internal drawer options in base, studio and tall cabinets bi-fold wall units and the increasingly popular internal curved cabinets.
Rearo, one of the UK's leading providers of laminated and solid surface materials to both commercial and domestic markets, has created a new solution for aspirational consumers, planning to revitalise their kitchen but operating on a strict budget.
British Ceramic Tile's extended Elite stone collection made its first appearance on prime time television this July, featuring in Channel 5's brand new series of Half Built House.
An Indesit director will swap cookers for cars when he takes part in a seven-day rally to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
The attractively designed board has the large, circular Kinetic light, whilst a protruding overhead panel displays the three LED shower lights showing their different surround finishes: white, chrome, and matt aluminium.
German manufacturer Nolte Kuchen has launched a handleless front called Alpha Lack. Also new are high-gloss carcase sides to match and a number of units called 'Classic Types'. The new products can be ordered now and will be ready for delivery from week 43.
Bill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world.
The Crosswater Group has enlisted the expertise of independent consultant Richard Hurst of RAH Consultancy, to assist in its bid to improve its customers' wellbeing and to become the leading supplier within all segments of the bathroom market.
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A recent meeting of the main players in the bathroom industry, organised by the award-winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has broken new ground in establishing a framework for process improvement for product certification.
A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage to four properties.
Channel Five’s show ‘Cowboy Builders’ is planning to make over some rooms in a property in Bradford, including the kitchen. The programme makers are looking for The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association members to offer a kitchen and appliances free of charge in return for the opportunity to be involved in this prime time show, which has attracted up to 2.3 million viewers in previous episodes.
After years of enjoying a successful relationship, bathroom speciaists Ultra Finishing and Niko Distribution have completed a deal which has seen Ultra Finishing acquire Niko Distribution.
KBB Birmingham, 2012, also saw the launch of the The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers' brand new Corporate Membership programme.
Moores Furniture Group has successfully achieved Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme certification for the 6th consecutive year.
Ashley Hoadley of Darwin Clayton outlines risk management issues affecting the KBB industry during London 2012
New figures for Q2 2012 released today by NHBC reveal that new home registrations in the UK decreased by 24%, compared to the same period last year.
As another Legionella outbreak has been reported in Stoke-on-Trent, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta issues a timely reminder to engineers and installers on how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.
British kitchen manufacturer Burbidge has announced the appointment of Grant Hilliker as its new purchasing manager.