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Plumb Center staff on hand to advise on Part G

16 April 2010

With the amendments to Part G now in force, Plumb Center staff will be on hand to offer customers advice.

With the amendments to Part G of the Building Regulations now in force, Plumb Center staff will be on hand to offer customers advice on what they need to do to comply.

The new legislation, which covers enhanced hot water safety and water efficiency, will impact on bathroom installations in new build properties which includes new dwellings, new dwellings created by a change of use to an existing building and refurbishments.

Alan Stevenson, Trading Director, Plumb Center explains more:

“Every year almost 600 people are seriously injured and in extreme cases around 20 people die from scalds caused by hot water, with children and the elderly most at risk. The new Part G of the Building Regulations includes measures to help reduce the number of incidences of scalding by requiring that all baths in new dwellings have a device fitted that limits the temperature to a maximum of 48ºC. The best way of limiting bath water temperatures is to have an inbuilt safety device. Plumb Center stocks a range of bath fillers and bath shower mixers which limit temperatures to below the required maximum of 48ºC including Saracen TMV2 mixing valves. It is also possible to comply without changing your existing specification. The introduction of a thermostatic under bath blending valve can be used with any bath filler, tap or bath shower mixer without changing your existing bathroom design. We would advise that thermostatic bath fillers, bath shower mixers or mixing valves should be installed as standard practice for any bathroom refurbishment.”

Part G also introduces a new water efficiency standard of a maximum of 125 litres per person per day for new homes. Currently, it is estimated that the average person uses around 150 litres of water a day. To meet the 125 litre standard, water efficient products will need to be installed.

Alan explains why the government is asking us to reduce the amount of water we use;

“Despite all the promise of barbecue summers and hosepipe bans, our wet weather still does not create enough storage water for the long term consumption, which still leaves a very serious concern of water scarcity in the future. The new Water Efficiency Standard aims to help prevent the threat of water shortage by setting a new maximum water usage of 125 litres per person per day for all new homes. At Plumb Center we have a wide range of products which lead the way in water efficient bathroom solutions from sanitaryware, taps and flow limiters to showers - all designed to help home owners achieve the performance target set. The Concept Water Saving Bath by Ideal Standard for example has a unique design which ensures the bath is comfortable whilst using less water than a standard bath. This can be teamed up with the Ecoplay grey-water harvesting system which stores up to 100 litres of waste bath water. Each full tank is then able to sufficiently flush a toilet up to 20 times which can reduce mains water consumption by up top 30%. And, when it comes to flow limiters we have a number of solutions including, Grohe aerated taps that can save up to 65% water consumption and they come with a rapid installation system so are very quick to fit whereas the Mira Eco handset range of showers have aerating technology saving up to 75% water and can also reduce the heating costs of the shower water.”

Plumb Center’s full range of enhanced hot water safety and water efficient products are available from over 480 conveniently located branches across the UK and can be delivered next day* wherever the customer needs it. Visit our website or call 0870 1622557 to find your nearest Plumb Center branch.

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