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Independence, inclusivity and respect

With multigenerational living on the rise, Housing Association properties must accommodate the varying needs of residents of a range of ages and abilities.

Daniel Ward, Senior Ceramics Product Manager for Twyford, looks at the options in the bathroom; ensuring independence and inclusivity for all.

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Housing Association properties need to deliver on a number of levels, meeting the needs of the variety of tenants that may walk through their doors, with robust, cost-effective yet quality products installed to withstand often high volumes of traffic. With the bathroom so essential to everyone, choosing solutions that are accessible and practical is very important. This is particularly relevant where more than one generation is living under the same roof – recent research* suggests households containing two or more families will rise from 1.5 million to 2.2 million by 2025.

Apart from the nuts and bolts of sanitation, other considerations, such as storage or easier cleaning, will make life easier for occupants.

AccessibilityThe first consideration for any bathroom is its accessibility; can it be used by most people? Can the basin be reached, the taps be turned on, is washing (bath or shower) safe and simple, and is getting on and off the WC an easy task? Basic but essential elements that will help tenants keep safe and those with mobility issues maintain their independence.

Taps: Choose thermostatic, lever taps that are easy to turn on for young or arthritic fingers and prevent scalding.

Showers: In general, showers are easier to access than baths. Flush to the floor shower trays will prevent slipping and the incorporation of a seat is a great option for anyone unable to stand for long periods of time.

Baths: Baths featuring head rests, seats and a wider edge (ideal for a parent or carer to sit on) will improve washing options for the very young and elderly.

Basins: Short projection, wide basins are easier to access by wheelchair users, as well as looking modern and stylish. When incorporated with short projection cupboard space underneath, easy-access storage is also covered.

⦁ WCs: Comfort height WCs are a great option for those with mobility issues and are far easier to get on and off if in a wheel chair, making no difference to able bodied users.

⦁ Flooring: Choose non-slip, textured flooring to prevent unnecessary falls.

PracticalityBeyond safety and usability concerns, a bathroom that works well for multiple occupants of varying ages and abilities must have storage at its core. Everyone needs their own space and by including well-thought out options to tidy away toiletries, the room will appear less cluttered and be easier to clean.
However cramped the conditions, there is usually some form of storage that can incorporated. Tall, tower units, for example, make use of the unused space up the wall, providing multiple shelves so all the family can have their own. In addition, storage can be included under basins, in the recess under the bath and even in movable stools.

Practicality also extends to how easy the room is to clean; a particular concern for vulnerable tenants. Promoting ‘easy cleaning’ is also something landlords will support, helping to encourage residents to keep properties in good order. When it comes to the WC, an area most associated with germs, Rimfree toilets, which were originally developed to meet the stringent demands on healthcare buildings, are an ideal solution.

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Wall-hung WCs, basins and even furniture are the direction modern bathrooms are moving, offering stylistic as well as practical benefits. By removing pedestals, floor-standing pans and legs, dust and germs have nowhere to collect and cleaning around and underneath them is easy. Combining Rimfree technology with wall-hung is the perfect combination.

With an aging population, rising house prices, rents and tuition fees forcing young people to stay at home for longer and the benefits of ‘live-in’ babysitters for working parents, multigenerational living is a trend that’s set to endure. Housing Associations have a commitment to meet the requirements of the changing family, while keeping tenants safe. By choosing quality, fit for purpose solutions, bathrooms will not only last longer, they will hopefully also be respected.

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Washroom design for the well educated

With so many rules and regulations surrounding the practicalities of washroom design in educational settings, Daniel Ward, Senior Ceramics Product Manager for Twyford, talks us through the dos and don’ts of sanitary specification for the school environment.

Specifying products for washrooms within the education sector may seem like a fairly straightforward task, but there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure not only that regulations are met, but that the space is well designed, comfortable and practical.

Lack of privacy, vandalism and inadequate cleaning and maintenance can make a visit to the toilet an unpleasant and unhealthy experience for students. In fact, recent research undertaken by charity Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) highlighted that the quality of school toilets has a huge impact on pupils’ health, education and happiness. Therefore the design of washrooms in education premises needs to be about a lot more than simply providing enough toilets and washbasins.

Laying out the order

The overall layout of school washrooms is a good place to start. As well as adhering to regulations regarding wheelchair accessible cubicles, all standard cubicles must have a minimum 450mm-diameter manoeuvring space that is clear of the door swing. And of course, when you are designing spaces for growing children, the sizes and fixing heights of sanitaryware must be suitable for the relevant user age groups too. Short projection WCs offer a good solution here, creating the necessary space while still ensuring user comfort. Wall-mounting the pan with a suitable framing system will enable the height of the WC to be easily adjusted during installation, to better meet the needs of the user.

Hygiene first

Aside from layout, hygiene in this environment is extremely important too, with ease of cleaning being key to students’ health and wellbeing. So much so that the Department for Education offers guidance on the issue, stating that to avoid build-up of dirt and germs, the toilets in schools should be wall-hung or back to wall.. This also offers a solution with regards to ensuring plumbing work is tamper-proof, a particular point of note when specifying for colleges and universities which serve older children and young adults. The cistern and pipework concealed within the framing system, preventing interference, while being easy to access for maintenance purposes. A dual-flush cistern sitting neatly behind the wall will also help to significantly reduce the amount of water used, while not affecting overall flushing performance. This is particularly important in educational establishments, which are high-traffic areas with the potential for toilets to be flushed literally hundreds of times in any one day.

It is also worth noting that in schools, particularly where younger users are present, the recommendation is also to avoid urinals, but where they are specified to opt for individual bowls rather than a trough, with modestly panels for privacy.

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Twyford offers a Rimfree school pans and Flushwise water-efficient WC flushing options.

Water-saving pays off

The washbasins in school washrooms should also be subject to a number of practical considerations. Of course, ease of cleaning for hygiene reasons remains imperative, making ceramics that are coated with an easy to clean glaze a particular benefit, while the choice of brassware is also important. Not only should mixer taps for washbasins be robust and tamper-proof, ideally they should be fitted with an automatic shut-off too, either through a built-in timed delivery feature or infra-red sensors.

Energy and water are a major proportion of non-staff costs in schools, colleges and universities and a major part of their environmental impact. While some schools will have greater scope for savings than others, overall more than 20% of energy is wasted, and a school that is equipped with water conservation devices, such as taps with automatic shut-offs or flow restrictors, plus dual-flush WCS, typically use less than half the amount of water used in schools where such features are not present.

Longevity guarantee

Keeping maintenance levels as low as possible is an important requirement in school buildings, where downtime in washrooms can be at best inconvenient for staff and students. This makes the specification of quality sanitary fittings that will be hard-wearing and durable, of particular significance. To limit the frequency of replacing such fixtures and fittings, their life expectancy should be around 15-20 years, with a manufacturer’s guarantee providing the best scope for this.

There are undoubtedly a lot of things to consider when designing washrooms for educational establishments, with all elements really carrying an equal weight of importance. The trick to ticking all of them off and achieving a successful design is to establish a strong relationship with a manufacturer who is able to respond to all aspects of a washroom’s design, from layouts and dimensions to styles and materials as standard, so that there is never any need to compromise.

For more details contact Twyford on 01926 516800 or visit www.twyfordbathrooms.com.

Let there be light whatever the hour, with Geberit Monolith Plus

Geberit has introduced a new addition to its best-selling Monolith sanitary module, with the Geberit Monolith Plus. Featuring the same sleek, elegant glass frontage as the original model, this latest addition not only conceals all plumbing worn neatly out of sight, but also integrates a wealth of technology to raise the comfort levels in the contemporary bathroom.

Available in a choice of white or black glass, the elegant sanitary module has a discreet and indirect ComfortLight, providing a warm glow behind the module, which is automatically activated as the user approaches. This makes it perfect for when using the bathroom at night, or for creating a calming ambience at bath-time.

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Geberit Monolith Plus also features an integrated odour extraction unit, filling the space with clean, fresh air even in bathrooms with minimal natural ventilation.

Making light work of converting to the high-end look of wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Monolith Plus can be connected to existing water and drainage connections, without any major structural changes or even retiling being necessary. With all pipework, fixtures and fittings neatly concealed behind the glass a streamlined finish is effortlessly achieved.

For more details call 0800 077 8365 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

Of sound design

Based on findings from its dedicated acoustics laboratory, Victoria Willis, Product Manager for Geberit, explains the importance of taking a complete system approach to designing out the nuisance sound of sanitary noise.

Good bathroom acoustics requires a holistic approach, beginning at the design and specification stage and culminating in exact installation practices. For a completely satisfactory outcome where no-one is disturbed by sanitary noise within a building every element must be considered; from where the bathroom resides in the building, to the type and configuration of drainage pipes, sanitaryware and how it is installed. Measuring the noise from running water in drainage pipes alone does not give an accurate picture of the overall acoustic levels in real buildings, which is why Geberit has a dedicated sound laboratory at its Swiss headquarters where scientists perform sound measurements on the complete system, inclusive of cistern, WC, wall structure and drainage, under realistic conditions. Such tests and their results enable Geberit to make informed and reliable recommendations for ensuring everyone within a building can look forward to a sound night’s sleep.

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Generally, bathrooms should produce no more than 40dBs of noise and in the UK, bathrooms are considered to be performing at a reasonable level when up to 44dB of associated sounds can be heard in an adjoining room. Scientists at the Geberit acoustics lab found that using a combination of Geberit systems sound readings can be taken down as low as 25dB. Thislow sound rating was achieved in two true-to-life test scenarios: In a room with timber stud walls, 15mm plasterboard and timber pre-wall fitted with a wall-hung WC and Geberit Silent-db20 pipework, and in a room with Geberit Duofix metal stud walls, 15mm plasterboard, wall-hung WC s fitted back-to-back and Geberit Silent-db20.

Noise is in the air

Sound travels through the air (airborne) or walls (structure-borne). Airborne sound can be minimised by using insulating material around pipes, for example. Structure-borne sound, which causes sound to travel through a building – a particular problem in multiple-floored buildings incorporating several bathrooms – can be tackled by keeping individual components apart from one another. As a general rule of thumb, installation walls should not border areas that are intended to be quiet, such as bedrooms, while de-coupling the WC from the fabric of the building (both the structural wall and the floor) also goes a long way to ensuring a building is acoustically sound.geb2

It is for this reason that wall-hung sanitaryware is a more effective sound reducing option than back-to-wall or close-coupled WCs, eliminating noise travelling through the floor. Research in Geberit’s own state-of-the-art sound laboratory found that lightweight pre-wall has a significant effect on sound insulation by moving the WC away from the main fabric of the building. This kind of structure can also be given additional sound-absorbing properties using a thin foam layer facing the floor or ceiling.

Frame it

In addition, rubber brackets, elastic connections and insulating layers, can all help to prevent solid-borne sound. A Geberit Duofix frame optimises acoustic values, with integrated rubber tipped push rods to reduce noise from the flush plate when pressed for flushing, a polythene jacket insulating the cistern, circlips on threaded rods to eliminate movement and sound absorbing seals on drainage brackets.

When installing any WC, an insulation mat on the wall, as well as sound insulation sleeves for fastening screws, will also help reduce noise. Geberit insulation tape can be used between panels, system rails and building structures to maximise results.

In terms of piping, always choose pipe brackets with rubber lining and make sure they are not tightened toofirmly. Cement should not be used to fasten components to the wall, as this could result in sound bridges. Instead, by selecting Geberit pipe brackets with the appropriate diameter and tightening them fully, optimum fastening and sound insulation conditions can be achieved.geb

In the pipeline

One of the vital steps to reducing pipework noise is minimising the number of off-sets in the pipe runs. For example, a 45 degree bend creates 9dBs as opposed to just 5dBs from a 15 degree bend. Multiplied by the numerous pipes used within a many-floored building this equates to considerable sound savings.

Where possible choose pipework with integral noise reduction, such as Geberit’s Silent-dB20 which includes stone composite to deaden water sound as it runs through. Geberit Silent-db20 also has sound insulating ribs on the impact zones, further minimising sound development as waste water travels through the pipes.

By taking such a complete system approach to building acoustics, Geberit offers everything needed to reduce noise: a fully integrated system of silent and easy-to-install products as well as specialised know-how in planning and installation. The effect is not only audible, but visible too, because silent Geberit installations are an ideal basis for great bathroom design.

Geberit – 01926 516800 www.geberit.co.uk 

Five-star luxury at the touch of a button

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With comfort and luxury at every turn, Geberit AquaClean 8000plus shower toilets were the natural choice for the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel.

In the heart of Vienna’s old town, a 100-year-old bank building was converted into a luxury hotel. Today, the Park Hyatt Vienna combines contemporary architecture with the ambiance expected from a heritage building.

The conversion involved gutting the historical complex and redesigning it from scratch, with all conversion measures implemented in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Monuments Office and carried out by craftspeople in line with the original. In order to optimise room heights and functional areas, numerous ceilings and walls were removed and built back in at a different location, with the architects paying particular attention to protecting the historical components from damage.

Converting the two-story basement – where the former bank safes were located – into a spa area with a large swimming pool proved a major challenge in terms of structural engineering. To gain more room height, the suspended ceiling was removed and new beams added. To do this, the entire building had to be painstakingly lifted using hydraulic jacks so as to not damage the heritage-protected seamless marble slabs in the former cashier hall located above, which now houses the restaurant The Bank.

Due to the building structure, it was not possible to build standard rooms. As a result, virtually no two hotel rooms are alike.

When furnishing the 143 spacious hotel rooms, the interior designers combined timeless, elegant design with local Viennese flair. The market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets are a feature of the 108 luxurious and spacious hotel rooms, plus 35 suites, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in spa-like comfort throughout their stay.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus combines the functions of a toilet and a bidet in one compact unit. At the touch of a button the shower toilet washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. The intensity of the water can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating spray provides a particularly beneficial clean.

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The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus also offers many pampering functions in addition to the shower function, including an adjustable spray temperature and intensity, a pulsating massage function has an invigorating effect, an integrated warm-air dryer and an automatic odour extraction function, which fills the room with fresh, clean air.

“Shower toilets are a standard feature at the Park Hyatt Vienna because they offer unparalleled comfort and are also expected by international guests,” explains Dietmar Ploberger, Project Manager at Signa Development, the company responsible for the conversion.

Hi-tech bathrooms for UK’s home-tech testing hub

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The Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), located in London’s Soho, provides a state-of-the-art testing facility where the latest homeware appliances are put through their paces. As part of a recent upgrade, high-tech Geberit sanitaryware products were chosen for the bathrooms, including ‘shower toilet’ Geberit AquaClean, sleek Geberit Sigma and Omega flush plates and concealed cisterns, which ensure a modern and stylish look.

Part of GHI’s remit was to choose leading brands in each field, to create a state-of-the-art space equipped with the latest technology. Geberit is a leading bathroom manufacturer, with its products at the forefront of washroom innovation.

The Geberit AquaClean range (Sela and 8000plus Care are featured at the GHI) present the latest in WC functionality. Combining the convenience of a warm water wash and warm-air dryer, alongside other enhancing features, AquaClean WC’s are easy to operate and virtually touch-free. The 8000plus Care range is specifically designed for less mobile users, allowing independence in the bathroom for longer and Sela disguises its clever features by looking like a normal wall-hung toilet, winning an iF Product Design Award at ISH in 2013.

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Geberit Sigma and Omega flush plates and concealed cisterns are ideal for a modern bathroom, with only the flush plate visible, providing a clean, sleek finish, complete with dual flush functionality to prevent water wastage.

The uniquely multi-purpose GHI, has allowed Good Housekeeping to expand its range and depth of testing dramatically, encompassing nursery, beauty and tech products. In addition to testing, the building includes a cookery school where consumers are offered the chance to experience in person the renowned triple tested recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Good Housekeeping’s Editorial Director, Lindsay Nicholson, said: “I’m delighted to partner with some of the most trusted and forward-thinking brands in the business. They have enabled us to create a state of the art multi-purpose venue, like no other in the UK, and allowed us to rethink the value we can provide our readers.”

Geberit – 0800 077 8365 www.geberit.co.uk

Successful combination of aesthetics and technology wins the Geberit AquaClean Mera shower toilet a Red Dot Design Award 2015

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The Geberit AquaClean Mera, the manufacturer’s most advanced shower toilet yet, has been recognised for its superior good looks and technical ability with a Red Dot Design Award 2015.

Designed by Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Mera impressed the judging panel of the Product Design category of the prestigious awards with its aesthetic appeal and its array of intelligent comfort functions that bring spa-like luxury to the bathroom.

The Jury of the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards, which comprises design experts of international repute, commented: “The Geberit AquaClean Mera shower toilet meets all hygienic requirements in a compelling way. The design holds out against visual and technical upscale standards.

The entire asymmetric internal geometry of the rimless ceramics is flushed very efficiently and quietly. Additional comfort functions include an intuitive remote control, a discreet light for orientation at night, an automatic lid, heated seat, dryer, and an integrated odour extraction.“

With sophisticated technology and stylish design complementing each other perfectly, the Geberit AquaClean Mera enables spa-like luxury to be seamlessly integrated into any bathroom setting, offering the user an unrivalled level of comfort and wellbeing which is truly award-winning.

Geberit – 0800 032 9629 www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk 

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Wall-hung made simple with Duplo from Roca

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Enabling the aesthetic and practical appeal of wall-hung sanitaryware to be realised in virtually any washroom environment, the new concealed Duplo installation systems from Roca make fitting simple.

While the standard Duplo WC frame is suitable for most bathroom spaces, designers working in height restricted and small bathroom spaces can now benefit from the Duplo WC L, a low-height frame designed to be installed under a window, and the Duplo WC Compact, which maximises on limited space.

Simple to fit and with easy access to the cistern for maintenance, the Duplo installation systems have been designed to withstand heavy use, particularly beneficial for use in public spaces, or high-use environments such as hotels, restaurants, offices, hospitals and airports. Able to hold a weight of up to 400kg, the frame’s adjustable feet also enable the sanitaryware to be installed at different heights, to maximise user comfort.

The Duplo installation systems from Roca includes a dual flush cistern, which is insulated to keep noise levels to a minimum. Suitable for low pressure areas, the cisterns have WRAS approval pending, with flush volumes of 6/3litres and 4.5/3litres helping to reduce water wastage in all commercial situations.

Compatible with Roca’s complete range of wall-hung WC pans, the Duplo installation systems can be combined with a variety of different push plates in a range of styles for the perfect finishing touch.

For further product information please contact:

Roca Limited, Samson Road, Hermitage Industrial Estate, Coalville, Leics.  LE67 3FP

Tel:  01530 830080 / Website: www.uk.roca.com

Spa-like cleanliness within a sleek & streamlined exterior

The Geberit AquaClean Mera marks a new era in shower toilet technology

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Winner of two prestigious design awards, for its outstanding product design coupled with sophisticated technology, the Geberit AquaClean Mera takes the comfort and convenience of a shower toilet to a whole new level.

Picking up the Design Plus Award powered by ISH 2015 and the Red Dot Design Award 2015, the Geberit AquaClean Mera impresses not only with its aesthetic appeal, but also because of its array of intelligent comfort functions that bring spa-like luxury to the bathroom.

Characterised by high-quality materials, smooth lines and a seamless finish, the chrome surfaces on the design cover create an impression of the WC floating in front of the wall. This latest shower toilet from Geberit has the appearance of a standard WC on the outside, while a wealth of technological benefits are neatly concealed within.

The comfort and luxury begin before the shower toilet is even used. With a discreet orientation light activated by a proximity sensor serving as a guide at night, ideal for hotel bedrooms where the glare from an overhead light can disturb a good night’s sleep. Promoting good hygiene levels in the hotel bathroom too, the WC lid opens and the seat begins to warm up automatically on approach.

The shower toilet technology is the very latest patented WhirlSpray from Geberit, which uses two nozzles to provide a targeted, thorough and exceptionally pleasant clean with water at body temperature, delivering a shower spray which is further enhanced by dynamic aeration. The separate lady wash, meanwhile, delivers a particularly soft shower spray when activated. Geberit AquaClean Mera also offers an optimal drying performance, with the airflow temperature gradually reducing as the skin is dried.

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Simple to operate, the remote control has four storable user profiles for the perfect cleaning and drying experience at the touch of a button, while TurboFlush technology built-into the rimless ceramic pan guarantees an exceptionally thorough, yet quiet flush. Finally, a low-noise odour extraction unit eliminates unpleasant odours from inside the ceramic pan leaving the room smelling fresh and clean after every flush.

With sophisticated technology and stylish design complementing each other perfectly, the Geberit AquaClean Mera enables spa-like luxury to be seamlessly integrated into any bathroom setting, offering the user an unrivalled level of comfort and wellbeing.

Geberit – 0800 032 9629 www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk 

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CleanRim The Gap wall-hung WC is easy to clean, inside and out

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Helping to maximise hygiene levels in the bathroom or washroom, Roca has introduced a wall-hung version of its innovative CleanRim The Gap WC. With a close-coupled WC already available, this new model means that not only is the pan itself simple to clean thanks to its rimless design, but the floor beneath and area surrounding the WC can also be wiped clean with ease.

With the CleanRim The Gap wall-hung WC there is simply nowhere for germs or bacteria to gather, while the WC’s hidden fixations create an uncluttered, streamlined finish in any bathroom setting.

Designed by Antonio Bullo, CleanRim The Gap WC from Roca features modern and stylish lines, and is the latest product in the popular collection of basins, WCs, furniture and baths.

This latest addition to The Gap collection from Roca is not only a hygienic option for domestic and commercial situations, but it also helps reduce water wastage too, as the wall-hung version can be combined with dual-flush cisterns that flush at 4.5 and 3 litres of water, including Roca’s Duplo-N concealed cisterns.

While less water is used than with a standard single or dual-flush WC, CleanRim The Gap always produces a powerful flushing performance thanks to innovative technology neatly hidden behind the scenes. With CleanRim The Gap, water is delivered via a distributor at the back of the pan, rather than through the holes like on a standard toilet. This enables the flushing volume to be reduced while always producing outstanding flushing results.

With a sleek design on the outside and the latest innovations maximising hygiene levels on the inside, Roca’s CleanRim The Gap wall-hung WC is the ideal solution for commercial and domestic situations.

For further product information please contact:

Roca Limited, Samson Road, Hermitage Industrial Estate, Coalville, Leics.  LE67 3FP

Tel:  01530 830080 / Website: www.uk.roca.com