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BSEE MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT


There are many crucial factors to consider when specifying fixtures and fittings for a refurbishment project. Whilst style is always important, especially for high‐end commercial premises, ease of fit and durability should also be a concern. Chris Tranter, Specification Product Manager at Bristan, looks at how to marry substance and style without compromise.


W ‘ Some fixtures


require features that help developers meet their legal obligations to provide efficient premises – and this can be especially pertinent for renovations, where upgrades may need to be made to comply with requirements that may not have been in place during the original specification.





uBristan’s Frenzy style basin mixer with clicker waste.


14 BUILDING SERVICES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER JUNE 2017


hen planning a renovation, the areas which receive the highest volume of traffic should be given particular attention.


With this in mind, it’s essential that kitchen and bathroom fixtures are a priority when it comes to product specification.


As areas which occupants will utilise every day, the kitchen and the bathroom need to be hard-wearing, high-quality, and of course, safe. It’s worth bearing in mind that taps are a feature which will be physically interacted with by a near constant stream of users, and therefore, if the taps are basic, clunky to use, or feel cheap, they can bring down the tone of an entire space. Equally, if the taps specified are tricky to install, this can add unnecessary time, and therefore cost, to a project, and result in undue strain on the refurbishment budget. However, with careful specification of the fixtures and fittings, it’s possible to find stylish solutions, which don’t break the bank or compromise on quality, safety, efficiency or ease of installation.


Fuss‐free fitting


Ease of installation is crucial in keeping to a build schedule, keeping labour costs to a minimum, and getting the planned work finished on time. Thankfully, the functionality that easy to fit offers doesn’t mean that style is compromised.


Bristan’s Easyfit range of contemporary kitchen taps, for example, offers maximum style and minimum effort to help speed up your build. Unlike standard taps, Easyfit taps use an Allen key to secure the top to the base, and they are supplied with two isolation valves, so the water supply can be isolated without turning it off at the mains. These features mean that the tap mechanism can be installed prior to the main body of the tap being fitted so once all the plumbing is in place, any necessary tiling and sealing can be completed, and the tap body fitted in minutes later on. As well as being quicker to install, this system ensures there is no chance of any accidental damage to the tap during the final finishing stages.


And, for buildings which require showering facilities, it’s not just taps that need to be easy to fit, the showers should be quick and simple to install too.


Bristan showers come with multiple water and cable entry points for flexible fitting. We also offer wall mounts kits to allow exposed bar shower valves to be installed to 15mm pipework quickly and accurately. Wall mount kits make quick and easy work of first fix or replacement showers to get the job finished faster and there’s no waste or damage to tiles or valve casings.


Compliance


Some fixtures require features that help developers meet their legal obligations to provide efficient premises – and this can be especially pertinent for renovations, where upgrades may need to be made to comply with requirements that may not have been in place during the original specification. Luckily, even the most stylish taps and showers can incorporate flow limiting features to improve water efficiency and ensure compliance with Part G of the Building Regulations – this also an excellent bonus for certain types of building, perhaps corporate offices, where an


eco-responsible policy may be in place. Although the scheme is not compulsory, contractors and specifiers should also look out for WRAS Approved products. Where applicable, Bristan products are WRAS approved and fully compliant with the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Water Byelaws, which means they are of an appropriate quality and standard and do not contribute to waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply. This is all added peace of mind that the fixtures are legally sound and of good quality.


Safety first


Stylish products can also be safe products. Many fixtures and fittings now come with thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs). Thermostatic technology can maintain the desired water temperature even when the incoming water pressures/flow rates change, and will automatically shut off if there is a failure in the hot or cold water supply to reduce the risk of scalding. As well as basin taps, thermostatic controls should also be a consideration for electric showers (such as BEAB care accredited) to prevent the risk of scalding if water is drawn off from another outlet (for example if someone fills a kettle or flushes a toilet).


Quality assured


Undertaking a renovation of any scale is a big commitment, and stakeholders – be they occupant, building owner, or building manager – want to be sure that every single item which is selected is robust and built to last. Before specifying a fixture or fitting, it’s worth finding out how it has been tested to ensure it is reliable and durable. Bristan, for example, has one of the most advanced in-house testing centres of its kind in the country. Every new design is tested to simulate years of use before being analysed for any defects, weak spots or design flaws. As a result, with more than 1.5 million taps and showers sold each year, the average fail rate of our products is just 0.5%.


By choosing products which have been tested to ensure a long product life, the period between renovations can be extended significantly without any impact on the safety and ambience of the environment. What’s more, durable fixtures are also likely to reduce maintenance costs – making them a win on multiple levels.


uWith careful specification of the fixtures and fittings, it’s possible to find stylish solutions that are easy to fit and don’t cost the earth.


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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE STYLE Specifying kitchen and bathroom fittings


uWith its geometric shaping and sleek, flat spout, Bristan’s Chocolate Easyfit tap gives a designer look but without a hefty price tag.





Undertaking a renovation of any


scale is a big commitment, and stakeholders – be they occupant, building owner, or building manager – want to be sure that every single item which is selected is robust and built to last. Before specifying a fixture or fitting, it’s worth finding out how it has been tested to ensure it is reliable and durable.





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