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WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com NEWSDESK Consumer water efficiency label to help consumers Leading DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers are to introduce a voluntary labelling scheme to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, WCs and baths. The new labelling will start to appear across a range of products next summer and represents a significant step forward for the industry, which has been seeking the best way to provide consumers with clear water efficiency information. The scheme will use the existing Water Label, which follows a similar approach to the Energy Efficiency Label found on white goods such as fridges and freezers. The label will be used on all bathroom fittings on sale - currently, the label is not used widely meaning it will be added to a broader range of products. The data on water use will also be added at point-of-sale and on web-sites over the next 12 months, so information is readily available to consumers. This, says the group behind the initiative, will give the industry time to make the necessary changes ready to start rolling out to consumers by the summer of 2014. The label will help consumers to compare products on a ‘like for like’ basis and see which ones offer the greatest water savings. Water Using Products Working Group chair, Tim Pollard, said: “As an industry, we recognise the role we can all play in reducing water demand and cutting running costs for consumers, by promoting the uptake of water efficient bathroom products. “This announcement demonstrates our collective commitment to make this aspiration a reality, and to help increase the focus on the need for water efficiency, not only in the UK, but more widely across Europe.” Steve Lee, Bathroom Manufacturers Association president, added: “The continuing growth and influence of the Water Label as a means of promoting a change in attitudes towards water has resulted from the hard work, dedication, and co-operation of a group of individuals who have come together to do what is right.” The UK must follow the German model and offer households an incentive to convert their circulator pumps to new high efficiency models. The call for an incentive scheme has been issued by Xylem Water Solutions UK in response to the lack of awareness among consumers of the role that circulator pumps can play in reducing household energy consumption and its continuing exclusion from the Green Deal. The German scheme involved offering homeowners a €100 incentive to upgrade their circulator pumps to more efficient models, which could be reclaimed from their bank in cash once the installation was completed. Gary Wilde, business development manager, said: “The circulator pump is a hidden user of energy and consumers will not change unless they are given an incentive. The German model would be an excellent way of highlighting the circulator pump issue among consumers.” Staff at Kohler Mira have beaten a target of raising £20,000 by July 1 for the Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy charity (LINC). Better still, Kohler Mira had pledged to match the funds raised by its staff - bringing the total handed over to LINC to £41,000. LINC works to improve the care of cancer patients and their families around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Dr Gill Rouse, LINC director and co-founder, was presented with a cheque by Kohler Mira MD, Dave Hill, and the company’s charity co-ordinator, Kat Griffiths, at a special benefit event at the end of June. In one event, 70 employees rode static bikes over the equivalent distance from Cheltenham to the Olympic Velodrome, 164 km, raising £1,100, while the walk in memory of former employee, Phil Tuckwell, from his home town Northleach to the Cromwell Road HQ, raised £1,400. Circulator pump revolution sought Kohler Mira helps raise £41,000 Pegler Yorkshire invests in production Pegler Yorkshire has invested in its for plumbing systems, thermostatic two Yorkshire sites to double mixing and engineering valves. production capacity to cope with the Phill Jackson, marketing and expected demand in its range of metal push-fit fittings. Its Leeds site has received an investment of £2.8 million, while its Doncaster factory has seen an injection of £2.5 million, all part of Pegler Yorkshire’s strategy to remain competitive in a global market place. The money has been spent on new presses and related machinery for the production of components business development director, said: “This will ensure our customers receive consistency of supply and a quality product at a competitive price, which are paramount to their own business success. “The investment has enabled us to increase output, via an expansion in capacity and improve process yields, all of which contribute to us staying at the forefront of industry.” NICEIC launches Green Deal website NICEIC has launched an interactive website to provide consumers and contractors with everything they need to know about the Green Deal, the government scheme designed to make energy efficiency easy and affordable to up to 14 million properties by 2020. Research by NICEIC reveals that many homeowners are unaware of the scheme’s benefits, while contractors expected to carry out the work, are ill informed of the opportunities it could create for their business. The website features the UK’s first virtual Green Deal home, allowing visitors to do a fly through of a home to find out what energy saving measures are possible under the Green Deal. The new website is: www.yourgreendealhome.com. 8 AUGUST 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY Chequing in: Dave Hill, Gill Rouse and Kat Griffiths


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