Greening your Hotel:Water Consumption Cuts

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    The new Contact from Rada – the worldwide experts in commercial showering, washroom controls, fittings and systems – is a stylish touch-activated tap with a smart minimalist design, intended for commercial premises such as hotels and leisure centres. Apart from delivering a high contemporary aesthetic, it is also easy to clean and its simple operation requires no pressure to activate; making it ideal for children and the elderly to use.The Contact tap assists in reducing water consumption through delivering flow for pre-programmed periods. It is supplied with a factory set flow of eight seconds, but it can be programmed for flows of up to a minute. Minimum flow rate – with flow regulator fitted – is 6 litres/min at 3 bar. The robust, brass-bodied valve also operates at a wide range of supply pressures from 0.5 to 8 bar, although optimum performance is achieved at 1 bar and above.

    It also incorporates a factory-set hygiene flush which is executed every 72 hours without use. Hygiene flushing is an important tool in helping reduce the possibility of legionella colonization. Automatically operating the valve after a set period of inactivity aids the prevention of the build-up of bacteria in ‘dead legs’ of water in pipework. Valve operation is powered by an externally mounted IP67 battery pack, comprising six 1.5V AA alkaline cells.

    The Contact tap can be either deck or basin mounted and can be installed with either cold or pre-mixed supply, when ideally the tap should be installed in conjunction with a thermostatic under basin mixing valve – limiting hot water supply to between 38 and 43°C – for enhanced user safety. Contact is WRAS Approved and is designed, manufactured and supported in accordance with accredited BS EN ISO9001:2000 and BS EN ISO14001:2004.

    Daniel Fountain / 03.07.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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