Hansgrohe Eco Smart

by Christian Nasr  |  on October 30, 2013

Be smart and save water, protect the climate

EcoSmart is trendsetting

Climate protection starts with showering, ecological behaviour with hand washing. As a champion of the value of water, Hansgrohe assumes a pioneering role in dealing with this precious resource. Hansgrohe mixers and showers, which are fitted with the EcoSmart technology, require up to 60 percent less water than commercial products – and without any loss of comfort. Lower hot water consumption means lower energy requirements. And that means: fewer CO2emissions and lower costs. 

Thanks to the enrichment of water with air, EcoSmart means: showering pleasure with a soft, plump water jet. You will feel the difference on your skin. Eco? Logical.

EcoSmart showers – facts and functionality

Your daily shower water requirement is reduced by up to 60%: thanks to a sophisticated flow limiter, special jets and the admixture of air. Thus the Raindance EcoSmart overhead and hand showers from Hansgrohe dispense only 9.5 litres of water per minute, and the Crometta 85 Green overhead and hand showers dispense only 6 litres of water per minute. It does not matter how high your water pressure is; a “precision O-ring” reacts flexibly to the water pressure and adjusts the water quantity. If the pressure is high, the ring makes the opening smaller. If it is low, it expands the opening.

EcoSmart basin mixers – facts and functionality

Thirteen litres of water per minute run through a conventional basin mixer. Thanks to EcoSmart technology, water consumption in all Hansgrohe basin mixers is reduced by up to 60 percent*, to around 5 litres per minute. How does that work? By adding air and by means of a special flow limitation system. The EcoSmart aerator is integrated into the spout of the basin mixer and enriches the water with air. The result is a full, bubbling jet of water. A “precision elastomer” responds automatically to different water pressure and alters its shape. It limits the flow, thus constantly saving drinking water. 
* without EcoSmart: 13 litres per minute at 0.3 Mpa (3 bar)

Other water saving technologies that quickly pay off

Anyone looking for a real water-saving miracle should use non-contact mixers with infrared-sensing electronics. These mixers ensure that water only flows when you really need it. Consumption is controlled by smart sensor technology, with an extremely short run-on time, and limits the water flow to approximately 5 litres per minute. 
Read on for more amazingly simple water-saving tips.



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Prevent a faux pas! Find the perfect mixer & wash basin combination for your bathroom.

by Christian Nasr  |  on May 29, 2013

Ever wanted to wash your hands and after using the mixer you did not just wash your hands but also ended up with water all over your clothes? The latest bathroom designs have brought /given us many many variations of wash basin designs and mixers that not always go perfect with each other. Since the shapes and forms of wash basin are now ranging from round to squared basins not every mixer automatically goes with it. While using the mixer it can happen that you splash water all over you or your bathroom because the angle of the water and the angle of the basin do not correlate.
 

This topic might only come across once you just had an annoying faux pas or you are planning a bathroom renovation. The problem should not keep you from choosing modern and stylish mixers and basins. How often do you renovate your bathroom? When you renovate your home and take the time for a makeover, you definitely want to get exactly the design you like. We highly recommend asking your renovator or local dealer before you start renovating if your chosen mixer and wash basin combination go perfectly together. This will not only cost you anything but is going to save you a lot of trouble with your modern bathroom design.

The researchers of Hansgrohe have set up the so called Hansgrohe ComfortZone test for their new product line to assure customers the perfect mixer / wash basin combination. Five different ceramic types were taken and combined with numerous mixers.

Check out our range of mixers and find the perfect wash basins at the Konceptsbathware Online Shop
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For more information just send us an email or give us a call.

Stay warm in the cold season with IXL Bathroom Heater Lights

by Christian Nasr  |  on May 08, 2013

Even though the summer was more than generous the colder season has started. As a perfect solution for your bathroom IXL has designed a combination of a heat lamp, a bathroom fan and a bathroom light, launched under the name "Neo Tastic". 

Since every bathroom design is different, IXL offers two sizes with either one or two heat lamps based on the Halo Heat Technology. The reflective elements behind the heat lights lead to a more efficient dispersion of radiant heat, minimizes the dissipation of energy and saves you money. For the light three state of the art Omni Lighting compact fluorescent lamps are installed that provide bright illumination in your bathroom. To ensure a well ventilated bathroom a highly efficient exhaust fan was integrated that draws the steam-laden air directly outside.

Depending on your bathroom design the bathroom fan light heaters comes in two colours - as a white or silver finish. Because of the contemporary universal design the bathroom fan light heater combination easily fits in to every bathroom. If you have questions just send us an email, we are happy to advise you on your bathroom heating.

The bathroom heater lights from IXL are available in our online shop. To get directly to the products please click on the following links:

IXL Bathroom Heater Lights with Exhaust Fan (Dual and Single)

About the company: IXL is an Australian company founded in Geelong in 1858. Since then it has always specialised among others in manufacturing heating appliances.

Sustainability by Dorf

by Chris Nasr  |  on November 06, 2012


Leaders in Ecological Solutions
In recent years, Australia has experienced some of the worst droughts on record. Combine this with growing urbanisation and it’s clear to see why demands on our precious water reserves are greater than ever before. Governments, water authorities and the wider community are striving for dramatic long-term solutions, and it is evident that we need to work together in order to preserve this resource for a sustainable future.
 
Caroma Dorf recognise the need for a solutions approach to address the current water situation and devising sustainable water management solutions for homes and businesses is now a core focus.
 
Caroma Dorf sees residential and commercial retrofit programs as one of the most efficient and immediate answers to Australia’s water crisis. Together with a complete portfolio of water efficient products, Caroma Dorf offers affordable and practical sustainable options designed to make installing the latest water saving products easy.
 
For more information on Caroma Dorf Ecological Solutions, or if you require any further information, brochures or service, please email us: info@konceptsbkr.com.au.

Check out our Caroma Series.

5 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

by Chris Nasr  |  on September 05, 2012

    Is your bathroom lacking space? Too cramped and inconveniently small? Well, don't worry- there are some simple and easy tricks to give your bathroom an illusion of space without having to make more space when you renovate your bathroom.

    Here are the 5 easy steps to achieving a deceptively spacious bathroom:

    1. Brighten up your space 

    The single most important tip to create the illusion of a larger bathroom is to choose the right paint colour. Use light wall  colours! Pale colours- eg. pastels and off-whites- are fantastic choices; reflecting light and increasing the room’s brightness. If you're not painting, but are using wallpaper instead this rule still applies: don't get wallpaper that is heavily patterned with dark colours. The best ones will have a white base with a soft-wall pattern.

                                                                                                                      

    2. Let there be light

    When renovating your bathroom additional lighting can create a feeling of 'openness' in the bathroom without taking up any  space. Skylights and natural lighting though bigger windows are a great eco-friendly way of having a light open space all day, if your budget and/or bathroom layout are compatible.

    Otherwise you can consider additional light fixtures in low-light areas, as well as opting for higher wattage bulbs which are all easy additions in the bathroom renovations process. By doing this it tricks our eyes to think the walls are farther apart, hence making the bathroom appear larger.


    3. Mirror mirror on the wall

    One of the best ways to give small bathrooms the appearance of a larger room is to install mirrors on the walls. A strategically placed mirror, for example, placing a mirror opposite an outside window, will help capture the incoming light and reflect it back in the room. Full-length horizontal mirrors will produce an effect of a wider space, while vertical mirrors give a sense of a raised height.





    4. Hang 'em high

    A simple and cost-effective space saving idea for small bathrooms is to replace bulky storage units with ones that will free up more room. Swapping floor cabinets with storage units that are suspended on the wall will dramatically help create more floor space. Installing floating shelves in the shower and around the toilet is a great place to store shampoo, toiletries and other bits and pieces. You can also use the back of the bathroom door to hang a towel rack.


    5. Less is best

    Clutter will make your bathroom feel cramped and smaller than it actually is. Try to eliminate as much clutter as possible. Instead of storing your beauty items on the vanity, store them in the cabinet. Make an effort to make only necessary items or simple decorations visible. Remember, less is more!





    Handy hints

    For those you have a bit more money tucked away, a full bathroom remodel project can definitely transform the room to produce more generous space. One idea is to opt for wall-hung, behind the wall toilet suites, where the plumbing and cistern are smartly hidden in the wall cavity or roof space. 
                                                                     See our wall hung toilet suite range

    For wash basins, wall basins are most ideal for small bathrooms as they create an illusion of space. Another space saving idea is replacing a traditional bathroom door with a sliding door that hides within the wall.



 

Your Guide To Water Efficient

by Chris Nasr  |  on September 05, 2012

Taps

“You can save money, energy and water by using a more efficient tap ware – check the star rating.”

Purchasing tips for taps & flow controllers

3 stars

4 stars

5 stars

Before purchasing a new tap, check the water rating. The more stars, the more efficient the model.

Your family's annual water savings can be up to 25, 30 or 35 kilolitres

48%

57%

67%

Your family's annual energy savings can be up to 1200, 1400 or 1700 KWh

48%

57%

67%

Your family's annual GHG* savings can be up to 1.2, 1.5 or 1.7 tonnes CO2

48%

57%

67%

Your family’s annual money savings can be up to:

$214

$255

$297

Many State governments, local councils and water utilities now offer rebates for water efficient products. To find out more, visit www.smartwatermark.info or www.habitathardware.com.au

$10 – $50

Operating tips for taps & flow controllers

Check to see if any of your taps leak. A simple two tablespoon leak per minute turns into 40 litres per day – 280 litres per week – 15,000 litres a year, fix the leak and you might save up to:

$15 – $20

If renovating your home, consider using flow controllers or aerators in key locations around your house to reduce the amount of litres of water per minute. You might save up to:

$10 – $50

Check your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to cool very hot water is wasteful. Most hot water heaters should be set to 60°C, instantaneous hot water systems can be set even lower. Reducing the temperature from 70°C to 60°C might save you up to:

$15 – $25

Other tips for taps

Use a half-filled sink or in-sink container instead of running water to wash fruit and vegies or to rinse your razor during shaving. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. Don’t leave taps running when hand washing or brushing your teeth and be mindful to keep single tap levers to the far right to avoid hot water losses.

The average life of a tap can be over 20 years, so make sure you lock in the savings when you have the chance. See overleaf for tips to reduce your environmental impact.

All % savings on tap and flow controller related emissions are calculated according to the following assumptions:

Household: average Australian household of 2.5 people, tap is turned on full three times a day for three minutes and assumes half of water is heated to 23°C.

Product: comparison between a zero star (16 litres/minute), 3 star (8.25 litres/minute), 4 star (6.75 litres/minute), 5 star (5.25 litres/minute) kitchen/bathroom tap.

Costs: Australian national averages: energy tariff 15.36 c/kWh for electricity and 2.49 c/MJ for natural gas; water tariff $1.023/kilolitre. Hot water heater cost and associated GHG emissions have been included but exclude transmission, start-up losses, and embodied emissions. Total savings based on combining both purchasing and operating tips.

Average product life expectancy: actual life expectancy of product will vary depending on product type, use and maintenance.

* Greenhouse gas

Maintenance tips to reduce your environmental impact

Check for leaks regularly. Over the course of a product’s life, water seals will need to be replaced. If in doubt, get an accredited plumber to check.

Look for environmentally friendly labels when choosing cleaning and maintenance products.

When your product reaches the end of its life, pass it to an approved recycler or reseller.

What is the WELS scheme?

The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme requires certain water-using products to be labelled for water efficiency. The products covered under the scheme are clothes washing machines, dishwashers, showers, toilets, urinals and taps, with flow controllers optional. The scheme helps consumers make informed decisions when buying water-using products to save water and money.

What does the WELS label mean?

The WELS water rating label carries two important pieces of information to help consumers compare products:

·     a one to six star rating on the product’s water efficiency

·     a number showing the water consumption per use or the water flow per minute.

More stars and a low number = better water efficiency.

The products are tested by a National Association of Testing Authorities accredited laboratory. These results are used to determine the star rating for each product.

Can I get a rebate on WELS products?

Rebates may be offered on some WELS rated products by local councils and water utilities. Go to ‘Water Rebates’ at www.smartwatermark.info for more information.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on the WELS scheme and to view the full list of water rated products, go to:        

www.waterrating.gov.au

For more information on energy ratings, go to:

www.energyrating.gov.au

If you’re building or renovating and would like to know more ways to save, go to:

www.yourhome.gov.au

For more tips on living sustainably, go to:

www.environment.gov.au/settlements

What is WELS?

by Chris Nasr  |  on September 05, 2012

WELS is Australia's water efficiency labelling scheme that requires certain products to be registered and labelled with their water efficiency in accordance with the standard set under the national Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005. For more information see:

Why WELS ?

Choosing more efficient products helps Australia save water.

When WELS began in 2005, projections were made on the reduction in the demand for water and energy to the year 2021. Since then, a study completed in 2008 showed even greater savings than the 2005 projections. By 2021, Australians could save more than one billion dollars through reduced water and energy bills by simply choosing more efficient products.

By 2021 it is estimated that using water efficient products will help to:

  • reduce domestic water use by more than 100,000 megalitres each year;
  • save more than 800,000 megalitres (more water than Sydney Harbour); and
  • reduce total greenhouse gas output by 400,000 tonnes each year - equivalent to taking 90,000 cars off the road each year.

Over one third of the water savings will come from more efficient showers, about 34 per cent from washing machines and 23 per cent from toilets and urinals.

By choosing to use more water-efficient products in the home, Australians will save water and reduce their water and energy bills.

Who manages WELS?

The WELS Regulator is established under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005 (the WELS Act) and is the First Assistant Secretary of the Environment Quality Division in the Department of Sustainability, Water, Population and Communities. The WELS Regulator is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the WELS Scheme and is committed to ensuring the integrity and credibility of the WELS Scheme. The WELS team is located within the Environment Quality Division of the department.

The Regulator has a wide range of powers and resources to make WELS work, including:

  • Tasking inspectors to monitor compliance and/or investigate alleged breaches of the WELS Act
  • Imposing significant fines and penalties for breaches of the WELS Act
  • Compelling the withdrawal of a product from the market
  • Deregistering a product
  • Advertising convictions

The Regulator has the option to use administrative actions and education, as an alternative to legal action, to help manufacturers, importers and retailers to meet their legal obligations under the WELS Act. Where a cooperative solution is not possible, the Regulator can act to impose penalties and enforcement provisions outlined in Part 7 of the WELS Act.

What are the WELS products?

The water-using WELS products are:

Plumbing products

  • showers
  • tap equipment
  • flow controllers (optional)

Sanitary ware

  • toilet (lavatory) equipment
  • urinal equipment

White goods

  • clothes washing machines
  • dishwashers

It is voluntary to label flow controllers, and a minimum water efficiency standard also applies to toilets and washing machines. This means you cannot supply toilets that have a higher flow rate than 5.5 litres per average flush volume, and washing machines that are less than 3 stars for a machine 5kg or more capacity, or less than 2.5 stars for a machine less than 5kg capacity.

Waterless urinals are not currently included under WELS.

The WELS scheme excludes second-hand products and products imported into Australia for personal use.

WELS scheme review

The WELS scheme completed its fifth year of operation in 2009-10. Consistent with the requirements of section 76 of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005, an independent review of the scheme's first five years of operation was undertaken. The review was required to consider the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the scheme and made recommendations for its improvement. For more information about the review see:

Key dates in WELS history

From 1 July 2006, the WELS scheme became mandatory. Grace periods applied to WELS products imported or manufactured before 1 July 2006.

For these products: unlabelled tap ware, showers, lavatory and urinal equipment may be retailed until 31 December 2006 and unlabelled dishwashing and clothes washing machines were allowed to be sold from manufacture/import until 31 December 2007.

All new products – that is, where the product has been manufactured or imported into Australia on or after 1 July 2006 – must now be registered and labelled before they can be sold.

From 1 November 2011, a new WELS standard took effect. It includes all current amendments (1-5) made to AS/NZS 6400:2005 Water efficient products - Rating and labelling. For more information see:

Complying with WELS

To date, WELS scheme compliance and enforcement activities have focussed on educating industry about its legal obligations under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005(WELS Act).

Today, compliance activities are underway with investigators in the field Australia-wide and non-compliances against the WELS Act are being assessed and appropriate action taken.

All non-compliances with the WELS scheme, including allegations, are assessed in accordance with the Compliance Enforcement Policy  of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

WELS has a range of compliance responses at its disposal which escalate according to the severity of the non-compliance, or if non-compliant activity continues.

Generally, education and/or warnings are used in response to first and less serious non-compliances. This ensures that suspected offenders become aware of legislative requirements.

For serious or continuing non-compliances, enforcement powers under the WELS Act may be used.

For more information see

 

New European Ceramic Bathware

by Chris Nasr  |  on August 20, 2012

Koncepts is please to announce the new european ceramic Sinks and 3 toilet suites to be introduced into our new product range.

This wonderful new european ceramic sinks and toilet suites are the ideal choice, being adaptable to almost every situation.




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