Hansgrohe steals the show for sustainable bathrooms at the Ideal Home Show 11-27th March

Esher March 2011. March heralds the start of spring and is a key month in the bathroom industry calendar for exhibitions with Ecobuild ­- geared towards creating more sustainable buildings for the future, ISH - the largest bathroom trade show on Earth and the Ideal Home Show - the longest running UK consumer show for homes. This year for the first time, Hansgrohe, the international bathroom and shower specialist, is involved in all three events where sustainability is high on the agenda.

Coinciding with Climate Week (21-27th March), the Ideal Home show has made a conscious decision this year to shine the spotlight on sustainability. All three show homes are designed to appeal to different audiences for both refurbishments and self-build projects, but with dozens of sustainable technologies running as a common theme throughout. Hansgrohe has been designing and producing water and energy efficient bathroom fittings now for over 30 years so was the ideal partner to help realise this objective. Hansgrohe has supplied inspiring design-led products for the bathrooms, toilets and cloakrooms for all three homes: The Ideal Refit House, The Prince’s House and The Open Plan Living House within the Show Village.

The Ideal Refit House
Designed by architect and TV personality George Clarke, this project demonstrates how a typical two-up two-down terraced house can be transformed into a modern and cost efficient home. Celebrating 50 years of Coronation Street, a replica of Ken and Deidre Barlow’s home provides inspiration as the ‘before’ version with George’s adjacent re-design showing how simple and affordable adjustments can release the potential of the space. Sustainable additions include a solar panel on the roof, sheep’s wool insulation and energy saving light bulbs to help create a comfortable and inviting home.

The bathroom and ensuite feature water-saving taps and showers from Hansgrohe. The wall-mounted basin mixer and bath/shower mixer are from the Axor Citterio M collection with chic designer looks, easy-to-operate handles and aerators which produce a bubbly flow without splash back and also reduce water consumption to around 5 litres per minute (compared with the average of 13 l/pm). The overhead shower and Showerpipe are from the popular Raindance AIR family which infuse the shower sprays with air to volumise every drop; the EcoSmart versions on show within the house use 9 litres per minute while still delivering the great shower experience for which Hansgrohe is renowned (compared with 18 l/pm in the non-EcoSmart versions). 

The Prince’s House
Exuding classic elegance, this home represents HRH The Prince of Wales’s answer to eco-living. Designed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, this 3 bedroom family home is both beautiful and sustainable. It features an entirely natural, non-toxic construction with an air source heat pump for hot water and heating and an interior design that breaths new life into old furnishings.

Metris S and Talis Classic basin mixer ranges from Hansgrohe are selected for the five bathrooms within the property. The Ecostat 1001SL water and energy saving thermostatic control delivers safe, controllable bathing and showering while the shower of choice is the award-winning Crometta 85 Green shower. The EcoSmart technology inside this clever shower accelerates the jets of water by enriching them with air before they are released. Despite reducing water consumption to only 6 litres per minute (compared with the average of 16 l/pm), this process delivers an invigorating shower jet with noticeably higher water volume. The kitchen mixer is also from the nostalgic Axor Montreux collection from Hansgrohe with an aerator reducing water flow to 5 litres per minute. 

The Open Plan Living House
Created by Swedish housebuilder, Jorntrahus, this wood-built home conforms to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 6, representing the ultimate in contemporary, Scandinavian sustainable living. Available in different kit sizes to meet family requirements, the sleek and streamlined property is also affordable. The newest designer collection from Axor created by French brothers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was selected for the bathrooms as it exemplifies not only good design but also sustainable use of resources.

The simple design of Axor Bouroullec employs minimal usage of metal for the mixers and reduced water flow of the washbasin mixers is around 5 litres per minute compared to a more conventional 7 litres in other mixers.

In keeping with the ‘kit house’ theme, Axor Bouroullec also has flexibility at its heart, allowing the user to create their own personalised bathroom. The collection has more than 70 products - mixers, accessories, wash basins and bath tubs that give the user freedom to create an ensemble that best suits their needs. The position of the mixer is not pre-determined: you can decide where to locate the spout and handles, and also whether to make them rim-mounted, tile-mounted or wall-mounted. Softly shaped integrated shelves enable flexible positioning of the mixer or provide personal storage space. These can be cleverly used in all areas of the bathroom - shower, wash basin or bath tub. The design throughout is soft and free flowing with no corners or edges.

For more information contact Tracy Bates at Esprit PR Ltd, Tel: 01428 714546, Fax: 01428 714812, Email: tracy@espritpr.com   

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