The grab bars of old were clunky and institutional-looking. Today, Delta and American Standard have dual-purpose grab bars built into toilet tissue holders, towel bars and corner shelves in the bath/shower. Although not ADA-compliant, they are rated to handle more weight while looking like fixtures already found in the home.
In April 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy issued new efficiency standards for residential storage water heaters — gas-fired, oil-fired and electric — and gas-fired tankless water heaters. These efficiency standards become effective in April 2015.