INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS' SHOW
Sloan Flushmate, a division of Sloan Valve Co., promoted its version of single-flush one-gallon-per-flush pressure-assist technology. It meets the LEED projects certification and WaterSense requirements, according to Paul DeBoo, director, sales and marketing.
“The dual flush asks the user to make a conscious decision; this operates under the standard method of any toilet, with a single handle, single flush,” he said.
“We talk about water efficiency,” he added. “Water conservation can have a negative connotation for people - they think they have to sacrifice something.”
Alsons displayed its In2ition water-amplifying showerhead. It can function as a showerhead or hand-held shower. Its metal hose stretches from 60 to 82 inches, making it easier to clean a larger shower. The showerhead uses Fluidics spray technology, which can save as much as 25%-30% of hot water, according to John Davies.
InSinkErator showcased five models of food waste disposers that offer noticeably more quiet operation. Also on display were its instant hot water dispensers in 12 different finishes.
Kohler had a large booth that provided product demonstrations and live entertainment. Among the products featured were the new Archer suite that includes a whirlpool, toilet and pedestal sink; new grab bars that meet ADA requirements but are offered in transitional designs and finishes such as polished chrome and brushed stainless; the new Simplece kitchen faucet with a pause button and an adjustable spray; a waterless urinal; a touchless lavatory faucet that activates on distance; and a bidet-functioning toilet seat.
The Sterling division of Kohler launched the Stanton toilet with an elongated bowl that fits the space reserved for a round front fixture. It looks like a one-piece toilet and is competitively priced.
Danfoss showed a reinforced electric floor-heating mat. Adhesive can be reapplied so it can be repositioned up to 20 times. It does not require glue or staples. It has a fully programmable thermostat and carries a 10-year warranty. At 1/8-inch thickness, it can be applied over existing tile or flooring without increasing the floor height.
Hansgrohe featured the Axor Montreaux, which is traditional and puristic in design. Air injection technology injects the water to produce more volume and larger drops.
MTI Whirlpool offered radiant heat in the back of a bathtub, with controls on the wall.
Jacuzz promoted the home spa concept: a bathroom equipped with shower, bidet seat, steam and a towel-warming drawer. The company also launched a standardized ozone system to help break down bacteria in the tubs.
Delta showed the Talbott recessed aerator with clean touch nubs on the spray. The company also promoted its universal valves that enable the builder to sell an upgrade with no risk.
Werner Ladders demonstrated a pipe trade ladder designed for plumbers and pipefitters. The top of the ladder has built in nooks and openings to hold tools, conduit and other pieces of equipment. The ladder can be used as a workstation.
Danze featured its South Sea collection primarily used for the powder room.
Moen showed a new extension of Icon, a single-handle, single-mount faucet.
Also on display was the Brantford, a new style for Moen at an entry level price point. It is offered in brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.