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Jun
29

Environmental Design and Construction Highlights Wet & Forget Outdoor Cleaner

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Joel Williams

This amazing transformation demonstrates the results from one application of Wet & Forget outdoor cleaner. No scrubbing or powerwashing was needed: Wet & Forget did all the work over three months.

The amazing results with the environmentally gentle, bleach-free Wet & Forget, a scrub-free exterior stain remover, have rung a bell with Environmental Design + Construction magazine. ED+C recently featured a case study highlighting the role of Wet & Forget in restoring the fragile tile roof of an 80 year old bell tower in Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark located in Lake Wales, Florida.

The size of the roof - a sprawling 50,000 square feet - combined with the delicacy of the Spanish tiles, which could be damaged by traditional pressure washing, made the restoration of the roof particularly challenging. In just one application, Wet & Forget achieved remarkable results without scrubbing and with significantly smaller water use compared to pressure washing.

This case study was previously published by the Cleaning Management Institute.

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Jun
12

Shining the Light on Innovative Kitchen Faucet Technology

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Joel Williams

The June issue of Reeves Journal includes an article looking at the latest advances in electronic faucets. Prominently featured in the article and the accompanying photography was the ONO Touch Light PRO from KWC. The ONO Touch Light was highlighted for its water saving abilities – once activated, the flow of water stops automatically after about 10 seconds – and for its color-coded light system that can help prevent accidental scaldings.

The KWC ONO Touch Light PRO allows the user to control volume and temperature remotely with a simple touch. Touch once to begin a stream of cold water, twice for the warm setting and three times for the pre-designated hot temperature. The device even has a colored light ring for an immediate visual cue as to the temperature selected: blue indicates cold; orange, warm; and red, hot.

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Jun
8

American Standard and Green Education Foundation Honor Atlanta School

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Nora DePalma

The Marist School’s Environmental Science Class in Atlanta won a national “Green in Action” Contest from the Green Education Foundation, sponsored by American Standard Brands.  The Atlanta NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, documents what the students accomplished. Watch the report here.

Marist School student Dani Spencer being interviewed on 11 Alive this morning.

What it looked like behind the scenes with Spencer being interviewed by Donna Lowry, education reporter for 11 Alive.

Donna Lowry with Marist Environmental Science Teacher Kelly Mandy setting up the students for some shots.

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Jun
5

Carolina Woman Highlights American Standard Products in Beautiful Beach Home Renovation

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Nora DePalma

A wide selection of American Standard products were featured in a colorful and luxurious beach home renovation in the June issue of Carolina Woman. A stainless steel kitchen sink from the Prevoir Collection and JADO Coriander pull-out kitchen faucet complement a modern, high tech kitchen. Meanwhile, each of the three bathrooms feature a different American Standard faucet collection: Berwick, Serin, and a pair of elegant Glance monoblock faucets in the master bath.

For more details, including before and after images, view the complete beach home remodeling project on the Carolina Woman website.

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May
21

American Standard Stainless Steel Sinks in Woman’s Day

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Nora DePalma

The sleek and functional Prevoir Collection of stainless steel kitchen sinks is highlighted in a Woman’s Day feature on contemporary kitchen trends.

The appliance sink, pictured above, features deep, spacious, straight-sided bowls to easily hold large loads of pots, pans, dishes, and glasses. Its brushed stainless steel surface is designed to complement stainless steel appliances, while the drop-in installation style adds to the clean, contemporary look of the sink. A trio of useful accessories comes standard with the appliance sink: a colander and glass cutting board that slide along the ledge of the sink for increased stability and convenience, and a roll-up stainless steel grid to protect the surface of the sink.

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May
11

[email protected] from Mr. Steam featured in KBDN

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Nora DePalma

The May issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News highlighted the new [email protected] steam generator from Mr. Steam.

Sized to fit smaller baths and smaller budgets, the new [email protected] from Mr. Steam is 20 percent more compact than regular Mr. Steam generators. Available in three different models designed for 3′x4′ tile showers, 3′x5′ tile showers, and for existing acrylic units, list prices for the generator range from $1,250 to $1,450. [email protected] units feature a 20-minute timer, polished chrome in-shower control. It also comes standard with a cool-to-the-touch AromaSteam steamhead that can hold essential oils to infuse aromatherapy into the steamroom.

This is the second time Kitchen & Bath Design News has featured this product; the [email protected] generator was also included in the April 2012 issue.

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Apr
13

Kitchen & Bath Design News Features Porcher and Mr. Steam

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Nora DePalma

A product trend report on “Heated Sanctuaries” in the April issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News highlighted the new [email protected] steam shower generator from Mr. Steam and the Lutezia Freestanding Bath by Porcher.

Sized to fit smaller baths and smaller budgets, [email protected] is 20 percent more compact than regular Mr. Steam generators, making this generator ideal for starter homes or guest bathrooms. Special features include a 20-minute timer, a polished chrome in-shower control, and even a cool-to-the-touch AromaSteam steamhead that can hold essential oils to infuse aromatherapy into the steamroom.

The Lutezia tub offers a vintage European look, demonstrating that classic settings do not have to be staid or stodgy. Available in a number of luxury bathing options including a premium airbath system, Lutezia tubs bring a touch of elegance and indulgence to any traditionally-styled bathroom.

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Apr
11

American Standard Brands Awarded Gates Foundation Grant to Develop Toilet System

Posted on April 11, 2012 by Nora DePalma

Cheers to our client, American Standard on being awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. American Standard Brands will develop and test a low-cost and potentially life-saving toilet system.

It’s easy for those of us in developed nations to forget how plumbing systems and plumbers “protect the health of the nation,” as  heralded in the famous 1930s advertisement from American Standard.

Lack of adequate sanitation facilities affects around 40 percent of the world’s population. 40 percent!   The World Health Organization estimate that 1.6 million people, mostly children under the age of five, die each year from water and sanitation related disease.

American Standard is putting its top toilet scientist on the case, Jim McHale, a Ph.D, assisted by industrial designer Daigo Ishiyama.   McHale and Ishiyama just returned from a fact-finding trip to Bangladesh with International Development Enterprises (iDE).   Above, Ishiyama opens the door to a typical latrine.

Inside a typical Bangladesh latrine.  The pit is directly under the latrine, allowing flies to easily enter and exit the pit, spreading disease:

The villager is holding a “bodna.”  Everyone goes to the river to fill the bonda before using the latrine, pouring the one liter of water down the latrine after use.

Improving the situation is quite challenge. There is simply not enough money in developing countries to construct and maintain sewer systems to safely remove waste from homes and villages.  Nor can villagers pay much more than the roughly $10 they currently pay for latrines.

Eight universities are also taking on the challenge with Gates Foundation grants.

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Mar
15

Cleaning Management Institute Features Wet & Forget Outdoor Cleaner

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Joel Williams

Wet & Forget, an environmentally gentle, scrub-free exterior stain remover, was recently highlighted in the monthly newsletter of Cleaning Management Institute.  The multi-purpose outdoor cleaner was featured because of the product’s role in reinvigorating Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark located just outside Tampa,  Florida.

No one likes cleaning, but can you imagine the labor and cost necessary to clean 11 years of accumulated mold and debris from a 50,000 square-foot roof at the Landmark’s Visitors center? Facility Manager Christopher Lutton anticipated having to invest in an expensive cleaning solution, as the Center’s delicate concrete S-style Spanish roof tiles would be damaged by traditional power washing.

This amazing transformation demonstrates the results from one application of Wet & Forget outdoor cleaner. No scrubbing or power washing was needed: Wet & Forget did all the work over three months.

After conducting additional research, however, Lutton discovered Wet & Forget, a cleaner which had been used in Australia and New Zealand for the last 30 years and requires no scrubbing, rinsing or pressure washing. Lutton first conducted a test, applying Wet & Forget to a 15-foot square roof patch using a one gallon pump sprayer. He did not return to the test patch until four months later and was surprised to find the area significantly cleaner. Lutton then applied the outdoor cleaner to the entire roof, vertical walls throughout the grounds, and the river stone sidewalk as well.

Lutton particularly likes the fact that he can easily clean the roof during operating hours without disturbing visitors with the loud noise commonly associated with power washing apparatus. “Plus, the roof stays clean longer, which allows us to focus on other maintenance issues,” he explained.

To learn more about this easy way to tackle outdoor spring cleaning, view the complete press release for Wet & Forget, or visit the Wet & Forget website.

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Mar
14

Noritz Tankless Water Heater Top Pick Among Readers

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Joel Williams

Readers of Plumbing & Mechanical magazine named the Noritz America NR83-DVC tankless water heater as one of the top five best new “Products of the Year,” based the number of requests for product information.

The concentric-vented NR83-DVC saves energy (Energy Factor: 0.82) and protects the environment by heating water strictly on demand, while offering a longer product life cycle than storage tank-type models. In addition, it promises lower emissions, reduced electrical consumption, smaller amounts of potentially hazardous construction materials, and easier recyclability of those materials and components once the product is removed from service.

Like its other whole-home residential tankless water heaters, the NR83 allows professional plumbing installers to make an even stronger environmental statement to cost-conscious homeowners looking to shrink their monthly fuel bills as well as their carbon footprints.

To view the magazine, click here.

 

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