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Specified: Bathrooms - Apr/May 2013

Here's a round-up of new produces, collections and launches

1    Alma taps and faucets
CISAL

In an effort to woo consumers by offering extra levels of control, Cisal’s latest collection of taps and faucets, Alma, comes with an EnergySave version of all basin and bidet mixers. This allows the lever to open in the central position, supplying cold water and preventing the boiler from igniting involuntarily. Bath/shower, shower and exposed set are equipped with the SafeTouch System, which allows the user to set up and maintain the desired temperature, and stops the mixer surface warming up and scalding the user. Alma is available in chrome finishing.
www.polettistudio.it 

2    SaphirKeramik basins
Laufen 

Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen has launched two new washbasin bowls made from SaphirKeramik. The firm’s new-generation material has superior hardness and flexural strength which means it can be used to make 1-2mm radii for edges and 2mm radii for corners, as opposed to 7mm to 8mm for traditional ceramics. As a result the firm can generate completely new shapes, while the ability to produce much thinner walls makes each piece up to 40% lighter than if it were made with traditional ceramic materials.  
laufen.co.uk

3    reaqua+ water recycling
Waterevolution 

Savings of up to 30% water and 50% energy are being promised by WaterEvolution with its reAqua+ technology, which combines greywater and heat recovery systems for the first time in the British market. WaterEvolution estimates that using reAqua+, a family of five could save up to 60,000 litres of water, 3,000kWh of energy and up to one tonne of CO2 a year, with payback estimated at between three and seven years. The system collects greywater from the bath or shower, transfers the heat to the central heating system and uses the cooled water to flush toilets.  The unit fits comfortably into a wall cavity and is Green Deal compliant.
waterevolution.co.uk

4    Summit range
RAK

RAK is promoting its Summit bathroom range on the basis of a timeless look with high performance benefits.  The collection includes four ceramic basins and two WC designs, and a variety of complementary baths and tiling options. Basins feature a smooth-angled deep basin format and spacious back ledge, while toilets have an angled profile, in either a close-coupled design with a soft close seat, or back-to-wall format with a contoured seat.  
rakceramics.co.uk