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15th March 2019
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As with all of Crosswater's products, quality and long-lasting durability come as standard across the range of Infinity shower enclosures. Surrounded by a contemporary polished stainless steel frame, 8mm toughened glass offers a superior power shower-proof surface that will withstand the daily wear-and-tear of multi-person use.
The fridge is 1235mm high so there's an impressive 204 litres of cooled storage space - perfect for fresh foods. It has four shelves, a roomy salad crisper, four spacious door balconies and has an A+ energy rating.
The brand which launched with Exertis late last year is now unveiling a retro-inspired compact countertop refrigerator as it's second product for the UK and European markets.
With we Brits being a nation of DIYers, a survey I received this week from WRAS, the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme, made me realise how little many of us really know about ensuring that what we do doesn't only look good and do the job, but that it meets legal requirements too.
WRAS reminds us that to safeguard our drinking water, UK water regulations and byelaws require - for most types of plumbing work - the designer, installer, owner or occupier to obtain their local water supplier's consent first. I had no idea about much of this myself, but having looked into it, I can certainly understand why the regulations are in place!
According to the findings, 60% of homeowners are unaware that they must inform their water company if installing specific water fixtures. For example, 62% said they didn't know whether they had to inform their water company if installing a large bath (one holding more than 230-litres) and some 60% are unaware that they're legally required to tell their water company if they're installing a bidet which features an ascending spray or flexible hose - since, if these are installed incorrectly, they risk contaminating the drinking water.
Indeed, there's a long list of plumbing works (see more at www.wras.co.uk) that must be notified in advance and the regulations apply to homeowners, businesses, landlords and tenants and to many types of domestic and commercial plumbing - from building houses or extending business premises to everyday work. Consent takes a maximum of 10 working days and costs nothing and in many cases, the water supplier will simply need a description of the planned work and the contact details of those undertaking it, so it's not too difficult or time consuming.
WRAS recommends employing a WaterSafe approved plumber who's familiar with the regulations and these words made me wonder, how many professional fitters will be switched on enough to use WRAS's information in their marketing campaigns, and how many retailers are aware enough of the regulations to be able to advise customers that they really need to know what they're doing if they're planning to fit their own kitchens and bathrooms.
This Week's News
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, called for more education on water efficiency to mark World Plumbing Day (11 March). Initiated by the World Plumbing Council, the day brought together the international plumbing community to promote the link between good quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and - increasingly - economic prosperity.
"We fully support World Plumbing Day and the need to educate and raise awareness of how to use water wisely, so that we canreduce our waste, thus ensuring we have water for tomorrow," said BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill.
The future of clean air in the kitchen has taken a leap forward with the ingenious Fonda hood from the Blanco by Gutmann portfolio. Combined with a stunning hob, the Fonda is a clever, space-saving, downdraft extraction system with an installation height of just 8cm.
Perfect for small or large kitchen design schemes and flexible in terms of installation and location, the Fonda sits quietly and discreetly in a streamlined, functional space.
Smallbone & Mark Wilkinson Furniture has marked National Apprenticeship Week with an inaugural apprenticeship award. Rt Hon Claire Perry, Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, presented the award to Kyle Smith (pictured right with runners-up) at a ceremony held at the Smallbone workshop in Devizes last week.
The award was established to nurture the next generation of furniture makers and is open to all apprentices undertaking the apprenticeship programme with SMWF.
Solid core laminate worksurfaces are fairly new to the UK market but with their slim lines and robust qualities are quickly proving to be a top choice for kitchens. To help installers, retailers and the consumer, Bushboard has published a helpful e-zine packed with information on its Evolve slimline solid core laminate surfaces.
In what is believed to be a European first, Beko is launching one of its most highly anticipated products to date - the AutoDose Connected Dishwasher - perfect for those who sometimes forget to switch on the dishwasher or buy detergent!
Wi-Fi connected, the Beko AutoDose Dishwasher allows users to receive helpful updates; for example, it notifies them when salt needs replenishing or when the filter needs cleaning.
Karonia Surfaces has refreshed its Mistral consumer brochure for 2019. Available now, the updated brochure features the four new colours introduced to the range last year along with more lifestyle images showcasing the work carried out by retailers and installers throughout the UK.
The brochure explores the unlimited creative potential of this versatile surface through a series of inspirational images and highlights the practical features and benefits of the completely solid 25mm format.
Simon Ogden, managing director, explains: "We live in an ecologically fragile world and sustainability has never been more important. With plastic accounting for up to 90% of all oceanic pollution, we couldn't in good conscience continue to contribute to this growing problem. That's why we pledge to remove all plastics from LDL packaging by the end of 2019."
Wilsonart UK, part of the world's largest producer of laminate worktop and panelling products, has enjoyed three days at Inspire - the supplier event hosted by Benchmarx, the kitchen and joinery arm of Travis Perkins.
The Benchmarx Inspire Event, held at ANEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire from 5th - 8th March, showcases products, services and innovation from its catalogue of suppliers of which Wilsonart and its worktop brands is one.
All three new mirrors are 240V, sit 30mm in depth, come complete with demister pad ensuring a steam free mirror in the warmest of bathrooms and IP44 rated for safety.
The brochure includes the recently launched Sity sink, Viu-S tap, Evol-S Volume smart tap and Fonda extraction system, along with the classic products that Blanco is known for, such as its Silgranit PuraDur and Steelart sinks and stainless steel taps.
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Yvonne called for the industry to support the UWL, in response to the Committee on Climate Change's 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' recently published report.