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16th November 2012


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International News

Energy efficiency projects in construction successful despite economic crisis

A change in strategy can result in project success in tough economic times, as a conference on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the construction industry has shown. Twenty-two coordinators for Concerto projects subsidised by the EU went to the Brussels conference to share their experiences.

The Irish Republic has been one of the countries most hard-hit by the financial crisis; "This has been a success during the deepest crisis Ireland has ever experienced," said Seamus Hoyne from the Limerick Institute of Technology in summarising his project experiences, and the results do indeed speak for themselves - 400 buildings renovated and 50 energy-efficient buildings built from scratch. 

EQ Software develops TradeZone Ordering Link for PWS

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EQ Software the, kbb specific business management and eCommerce solutions provider, has revolutionised the order process for the PWS TradeZone online ordering system.

Larger waterproof TVs for lucky bathers...

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Waterproof and in-wall television pioneer, Aquavision, has introduced two larger sizes to its Frameless range.

The competitively priced range was designed after consultation with developers, architects and specifiers and can be installed directly over the bath or within a shower enclosure.

Bushboard unleashes potential of quartz worksurfaces with pioneering M-Stone range

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Following its preview to the trade at KBB 2012, Bushboard is launching in mid-November its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurfaces which are supplied in blanks for easy installation direct on site.

Lakes Bathrooms reintroduces stone resin trays

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Shower specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has reintroduced a range of stone resin trays to add further choice to complement its Classic and Coastline collections of enclosures. Last year the manufacturer changed to contemporary, lightweight, low profile tray ranges in Acrylic Capped Resin and Sheet Moulded Compound, but sustained demand for traditional trays has sparked the launch of a new stone resin range.

CRL launches 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings!

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CRL proudly brings to the market a new surface protection system specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel. 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan.

Whirlpool's Eco Monitor guarantees energy optimisation

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Whirlpool guarantees minimal resource use in its latest laundry products thanks to its new Eco Monitor feature.

Her name is Rio...

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Moods Bathrooms from the PJH Group has added the striking new RIO range of bathroom brassware to its growing portfolio.

Lawcris opens new doors with Hettich

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The practicality, performance and style of Hettich's sliding door mechanisms are now available from Lawcris. The nationwide distributor of panel products and fittings has chosen to stock a choice of InLine and TopLine systems as part of an expanded Hettich offering.

Charnwood Period Style bedroom doors look the business but don't break the budget!

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With its unique patented construction process, the Charnwood collection from ECF gives the frontal appearance of a traditionally constructed door, yet maintains the flexibility afforded by the modern manufacturing methods used in the production of vinyl wrapped doors.

Abode introduces Euphoria shower pack

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Abode's Euphoria showers and accessories have been designed exclusively to co-ordinate with the complete Abode bathroom offering. The portfolio contains a myriad of outstanding design pieces.

Ellis Furniture creates bright kitchens with the new Solar range

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The new Solar range of kitchens from Ellis Furniture is set to brighten up the heart of any home. Available now, Solar with its high gloss finish and shaker style doors, marries contemporary chic with classic charm.

10 new high gloss colours from Renolit

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Renolit now offers a total of 15 Renolit Alkoren high gloss colours with the addition of 10 new colours i to its collection of classic 3D forming foils.

Welcome to the


A press release I received last week for use in KBzine's sister publication, The Cleanzine, quoted research which showed that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter.

Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, are also often similarly contaminated and this is nearly always from the human hand... indeed the researchers reported faecal contamination on an incredible 26% of the hands they tested!

Anti-bacterial plastic is relatively inexpensive and easy to produce and there is a real case for it to be introduced as widely as possible, in areas where bacterial contamination can spread from one person to another. For although the thought of touching faeces deposited by someone else is enough to put anyone off their lunch, we mustn't forget that picking up someone else's germs can actually kill us.

FB.jpgI'm aware that some companies in the KBB industry are using anti-microbial coatings on surfaces such as kitchen worktops, but I'd love to know whether any work has been done on incorporating this type of technology into other areas of our kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, or whether I'm trying to look too far into the future... Do please let me know! And to make it easier for you to post messages to us KBzine now has its own FaceBook page!

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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

S& P's European building materials sector report predicts uncertain future

Standard & Poor's has published a commentary on the European building materials sector, which describes how the sector is wrestling with difficult and uncertain end markets, as well as increasing input and fixed cost inflation which are likely to persist for the next 12 - 18 months.

Tuscan engineered flooring range is faster to fit with the new 5GS locking system.

* Golden-Hand-distressed-Oak-120.jpgThe Tuscan engineered flooring range, exclusively distributed by IDS, has been upgraded to offer the 5GS locking system, estimated to speed up installation time by as much as 25% compared to the previous profile. Timber offers a warm, high performance flooring material which is ideal for open plan living.

iKBBI has new staff member

* jackie-ikkbi.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom installers welcomed new staff member Jackie Wood to the team in October. Jackie takes responsibility for member compliance, focusing on the insurance, gas & electrical credentials of new applicants and current members.

Will demand for water outstrip supply by 2030?

A study published in late October 2012 of water executives from around the world finds that nearly 40% of the executives questioned believe demand for water is "highly likely" to outstrip supply by 2030.

Most of the other respondents predict the risk is "moderately likely."

Shard's luxury Shangri-la Hotel exclusively tiled with BAL

* BAL-at-the-Shard.jpgBAL adhesives, grouts and levellers have been specified throughout the Shangri-La, the five-star hotel which will occupy floors 34 to 52 of The Shard, the striking new 1,016-feet skyscraper towering over London. More than 10,000 square metres of tiling will be fixed exclusively with BAL products.

Bushboard scores a hat trick with its new Prima splashback collection

* Bushboard-Prima-Olive-splash_and_Ebony-worksurface.jpgBushboard's newly launched Prima splashback options combine of-the-moment colours with a durable, easy-clean surface that's simple to install. The additions provide a major boost to Bushboard's splashback offer and reflect the growing role of laminate splashbacks in today's kitchen design.

Bushboard has added 10 splashback designs to its Prima worksurface range, making a total of 27 splashbacks available overall.

Mission to reduce Malta's water consumption

* CIPHE_Kevin_Wellman.jpgThe Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering answered a call for help from the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology recently and is now involved with helping Malta to reduce water consumption.

Ecobuild the future at ExCeL, London, 5th - 7th March 2013...

Ecobuild has announced the line-up for its highly anticipated conference programme -produced in association with the UK Green Building Council -which will run alongside the show next year from 5th - 7th March.

More than 1,100 industry experts, ministers and VIPs from across the sustainable built environment will take centre stage at the heart of the exhibition to inform, educate and inspire.

Homeowner demand for expert advice soars at Grand Designs Live

* GrandDesigns.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association enjoyed an exceptionally successful Grand Designs Live Exhibition in Birmingham with visitors queuing to take advice from their KBB expert.

The KBSA was situated in the 'Ask An Expert' area located within the Grand Build hall and had an expert on hand to answer any visitors' questions on buying a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or home office.

Starplan Bedrooms joins TFO as full member

The Furniture Ombudsman, which aims to inspire consumer confidence in the furniture and home improvement industries by raising standards, has welcome Starplan Bedrooms to its growing list of Full Members.

SBID launches CPD accreditation

* CPD-seminar.jpgAfter two and a half years of planning, research and assessment, the Society of British Interior Design accredited Continuing Professional Development programme has been launched to an exacting standard for members and qualifying companies that wish to attend or host an event.

Recent regional meeting a success for the KBSA

* kbsa-regional.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association held a successful regional meeting in Gloucestershire recently, hosted by regional chair for the South West Julian Bayliss.

The Furniture Ombudsman and Office of Fair Trading working together

The Furniture Ombudsman is working with The Office of Fair Trading to assist businesses and consumers of the furniture and home improvement industries to understand more fully their legal rights.

British Ceramic Tile and Tile Town support charity project Houses 2 Homes - as seen on Channel 4

* H2H-BCT.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has stepped in to offer its support to Houses 2 Homes (H2H), a pioneering initiative through which ex-service people transform derelict properties into habitable homes for fellow veterans and their families.

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