Flow restrictors are an easy way to save water, there are several different types available depending on the equipment they are to be used with Tapstore.com have launched some new very well priced products on ther website that are designed to fit all types of bathroom taps, showers and kitchen taps.
Some flow restrictors (see left) aerate water flow giving a light fluffy flow whilst also slowing down the volume of consumed water, these types of flow limiters are to replace the flow straightener that is in the end of the mixer tap spout. Other flow restrictors are fitted prior to the device on the pipe work or in the base or tail of the tap itself (see right), with these flow restrictors they are designed to slip inside any plumbing fitting as they are the same diameter as 15mm copper tubing.
The flow limiters that Tapstore use for showers are designed to fit between the shower hose and the valve or wall outlet elbow (see left) they can also be fitted between the shower head and shower arm, with all the flow restrictors you get choices of what flow of water you want with the monobloc tap
you have a standard 6 liter per minute flow rate which is considered acceptable for basins
and kitchen mixers, for the shower flow restrictors the choices are either 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 14 liters per minute and with the inline limiters you can choose between 1 – 6 liters per minute.
These devices start from £2.00 a pair for the pillar tap flow restrictors, £3.00 for the 6 liter monobloc basin and sink mixers, and £4.49 for the shower flow restrictors.
Tapstore.com have teamed up with Bristan to create the Artisan Eco shower range it comprises of four choices, there is a recessed version (Left picture) with multifunction rub clean shower handset, adjustable riser rail and wall outlet elbow. the valve itself has a 38 degree temperature safety stop and the shower valve is fitted with an eco click cartridge saving 72% water usage which can be over ridden. the shower valve is preset not to use more than 10 liters per minute.
The other choices are having the same shower valve with a single function shower handset or a surface mounted thermostatic bar shower valve with the same single or multifunctional choices, all the showers will work from as little as 0.1 bar pressure but the reccommended pressure for best function is 0.3 bar.
Guaranteed for 5 years.
You can now buy these products from Tapstore.com under their Eco incentive price shceme where certain water saving products are available at extra discount prices.
Artisan Eco recessed multifunction shower handset RRP £239.00 now £143.00 inc VAT.
Artisan Eco bar Shower with multi function handset RRP £215.00 now £129.00 inc VAT.
Artisan Eco bar shower with single function handset RRP £193.00 now £116.00 inc VAT.
In the new building regulation there is within part G a section (G2) which covers water efficiency it states that water “The potential consumption of wholesome water by persons occupying a dwelling to which this regulation applies must not exceed 125 liters per person per day, calculated in accordance with the methodolgy set out in this document” “the water efficiency calculator for new dwellings“.
To see the full copy visit the Planning Portal or get hold of a free downloadable copy here.
Five new ranges of water saving taps have been launched by Tapstore.com, these ranges have been picked to help the consumer and developer meet water saving guidelines and new part G building regulations coming out on the 1st October 2009 where the government is asking for 125 liters per day per person for all new homes.
The first of these designs is the Quadrato bathroom taps manufactured for Tapstore by Bristan with the Quadrato Eco-Click Basin Mixer with a flow restriction of 6 liters per minute giving Eco credentials with designer looks, within the range there is a choice of monobloc basin mixer with or without a pop up waste, a pair of Eco basin taps, a monobloc bidet mixer, a bath filler and a bath shower mixer, and to follow shortly there will be a thermostatic shower valve.
All the products come with a five year guarantee.
Bristan Quadrato Eco Basin Mixer RRP £129.00 Tapstore’s Eco incentive price £77.00