Archive for bathroom faucets
It’s easy for bathrooms to become a source of energy waste in our homes. Taking long showers, running water while you brush your teeth, using light bulbs that require a lot of energy to burn and linens that are chemically processed are just a few ways we tend to be not-so-green in our bathrooms.
Luckily there are low-maintenance changes you can make in your bathroom that will give it a more natural look while also practicing a green and money-conscious lifestyle.
Faucets with Friendly Flow and Water Conservation
Faucets like the Chatfield are compliant with low water flow standards (1.2 gallons per minute) and help to reduce the amount of water that is potentially wasted when you use your bathroom sink. This faucet is also designed so that the water flows naturally in a way that’s inspired by water flowing in nature. If you’re interested in updating multiple parts of your bathroom consider a low flow toilet and a low flow shower head as well.
You can also make changes to your routine that will help you respect the environment as you follow through with your regular hygiene habits. Turn off the sink while you brush your teeth, take slightly cooler showers and limit the amount of time the water runs in order to get hot before you hop in.
At the American Standard research and design center, we’re constantly keeping an eye on emerging trends in the kitchen and bath world in order to design products that fit the end user’s needs flawlessly. In the April issue of Professional Remodeler, Gray Uhl, American Standard’s Director of Design, spoke about the latest trends in bath remodeling. Among his observations was the increase in a need for products that work in existing spaces in response to the people staying in their homes longer and creating multi-generational living spaces.
This got our gears turning; what are some other trends that are emerging in bathroom interiors? We asked Gray to clue us in on some of the hottest trends of 2012:
Now it’s your turn! Watch the video below to see how you can win an American Standard Outreach Faucet (our response to the need for a more versatile bathroom faucet) and maybe even see your product idea come to life!
For the chance to win the American Standard Outreach Faucet, leave a comment to this post with a product idea that isn’t available today that you’d love to own or with a style that you’d like to see us develop. Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday June 25, 2012 as the winner, so hurry and enter before Sunday June 24, 5PM ET.
EDIT: Congratulations to Kay Thrasher who thought of a clever way to add more counter space with minimal effort. She says, “I have a very small bathroom with limited space. I’d love a bathroom sink that had a cover or partial cover so I could have more counter space when not using the sink and remove it for full access when needed.” Congratulations Kay!
Working with manufacturers and suppliers on large scale projects can be stressful and frustrating, so the Professor was particularly impressed to read the following account from Paul Sly of Interstate Investment about his experiences working with American Standard and HD Supply to upgrade the toilets, faucets, and showerheads in a 1,000 unit apartment complex. Many thanks to Paul for taking the time to write such a thoughtful letter.
February 2, 2011
Mr. Carl Whipple, Field Account Representative
HD Supply Facilities & Maintenance
In conjunction with our planned project execution, in mid-2010 we solicited proposals in regards to the fixture replacement campaign we were planning to implement at our 1,000 unit apartment complex. We received proposals from several vendors for this project, but one “team” consistently stood out from the rest: HD Supply & American Standard.
The exemplary service & sales presentations that we received from the HD Supply team along with American Standard’s representative, Mike Gilmore, throughout the bid process was very informative, especially the spreadsheet defining the cost savings over our current fixtures in use. One of the most impressive segments of the sales process was the portable product demonstration showcasing the patented flush system which allowed our technicians to see the benefits over the competitors’ products. FYI, as of this writing we have had NO clogs or service requests with any of the American Standard toilets that we have installed.
Additionally I would like to let you & Mike know that I sincerely appreciated the above average sales approach for being solely based on addressing our needs and concerns, showcasing the quality and cost savings of American Standard products without negatively trashing the other competitors.
As you are aware HD Supply along with American Standard was chosen as our supplier for all bathroom and kitchen fixture upgrades & replacements. I would like to additionally recognize and thank both you and Mike Gilmore for “above and beyond” customer service which has been consistent since our initial meeting.
In summary it has been a real pleasure to work with both the HD Supply & American Standard teams. The entire process from initial proposal to weekly deliveries has progressed sealessly without a glitch and it is my pleasure to recommend HD & American Standard to anyone wanting quality products backed up with excellent customer service.
The high performing and water saving plumbing fixtures that Interstate Investment purchased for this project included:
– Cadet3 Flowise toilet, a high-efficiency toilet that uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush, which is 60% less water than a traditional 3.5 gallon per flush model.
– Reliant3 Lavatory faucet, a WaterSense-certified faucet with a 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) flow rate. Installing a faucet like the Reliant 3 will save up to 600 gallons of water a year.
– Colony Soft Bath/ Shower trim kit,which can save a family up to 8,000 gallons of water a year while still delivering an invigorating shower
– Colony Soft Kitchen Faucet, a durable line of faucets made with ceramic disc valving to ensure a lifetime of drip-free performance
Sounds like a job well done all around!