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Water - the vital resource

The way in which we consume, manage and dispose of water continues to be the subject of tighter scrutiny and regulation, and rightly so – in the UK alone we each use approximately 142 litres of it daily. The following companies have all approached the challenge of being more water efficient differently, making their collective experience itself an invaluable resource. Most seminars are now available online, but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest, do click on the link and check.
Seminar, by Aqua Libra Co
Practical guidance on innovative drinking water systems that positively affect sustainability, wellbeing and the circular economy. Includes advice on: how to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic; how to minimise energy consumption, water miles, and clients’ carbon footprint; how instant dispense water systems can contribute towards sustainability accreditations; the differences between water filtration and purification and their impact on water safety and taste; how COVID has resulted in technological advancements; and finally (and most importantly), how to specify the correct solution for any given situation, including space and services requirements.

Aqua Libra’s mission is to reduce single-use plastic and support the principles of a circular economy. It claims that its own patented systems are 50% more efficient than others’. Aqua Libra products are designed and manufactured to offer sustainable hydration solutions and to minimise human impact on the environment. Offering the best taste and unrivalled performance, the company’s systems use purified water in the boiler, which increases water quality, eliminates limescale and cuts faults and breakdowns by 90%. Boiling, chilled, sparkling or ambient, Aqua Libra drinking water is pure, clean and refreshing.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
Discusses key considerations when designing washrooms, including how to choose suitable materials for toilet cubicles, vanity units, panelling, lockers and more – with maintenance, hygiene, speedier and more cost-effective installation in mind. Also covers relevant regulations and building standards.

Venesta lives and breathes washrooms. Inspired to innovate and with product excellence as its goal, Venesta is committed to setting the benchmark for superior design and performance. The company's new range of commercial toilet cubicle and washroom systems offers great choice, value for money and uncompromising quality – all delivered alongside exceptional customer service.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Lindab Ltd
Examines rainwater drainage system options, including how to select the right materials; their benefits and design flexibility; basic calculations needed when designing to British standards; detailing; and, common issues and their solutions, including curved buildings, sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) and protection from vandals.

Lindab employs more than 4,000 people and has an international presence in over 30 countries worldwide. It develops, manufactures, markets and distributes products and system solutions in sheet metal and steel for simplified construction and improved indoor climate. Indeed, Lindab is at the forefront of producing technologically-advanced, innovative and eco-friendly construction industry products. These offer real and sustainable alternatives to less environmentally-friendly products such as plastic, without compromising performance. Within the UK, Lindab has two major offerings: ventilation and profile building products.

Duration: 45-60 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Hansgrohe
Design bathrooms and kitchens that are Part G and WRAS (Water Regulation Advisory Scheme) compliant. Meeting Building Regulations Part G requirements at the design phase prevents having to retrofit products later. This practical guide includes advice on: WRAS approvals and the WRAS organisation; water supply and relevant regulations and byelaws; how a manufacturer’s commitment can help to achieve compliance with the regulations (as well as the risks associated with non-compliance); the importance of Installation Requirement Notes (IRNs); and, the WRAS certificate.

Hansgrohe is a leading manufacturer of brassware, including kitchen, bath, basin and bidet taps, shower fittings, washbasins and accessories. Its values reflect its promise: innovation, design and quality. Noted for their award-winning form, German engineering, ease of use and intelligent features, Hansgrohe products deliver more.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
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