Know about preferred plumbing fittings
Plumbing optimisation involves downsizing the piping systems to usher in water and energy savings, says Avinash Laddha, Managing Director, KiTEC Industries (India). “When metal pipes were in vogue, it was common to use pipes that were of a higher diameter than what was needed, say 0.5 inch pipes instead of 3/8 inch diameter pipes, to counter the narrowing effect of corrosion on the inside diameter of the pipe. With new-generation composite pipes, pipes of smaller diameter having a smooth inner surface can be used without compromising on water flow or pressure, to achieve substantial water saving and conserve energy. This only requires paying sufficient attention to the hydraulic design.”
“Chrome-plated fittings enjoy 90 per cent of the market,” says Sandeep Shukla, Head, Marketing & Communication, Jaquar Group. “However, discerning interior designers working on residential projects are opting for fittings in gold and other finishes.”
“We prefer to use brass fittings with a contemporary look for our projects,” says Hiren Patel of Hiren Patel Architects. “When choosing fittings, we prioritise aesthetics and the comfort of users.”
The development of new products promotes certain interior styles. In bathrooms, products such as the Viega Advantix Vario shower channels, a sleek looking drainage product, have promoted minimalistic profiles. The Viega Advantix Vario shower channel is easy to clean and designed to drain large water flows emanating from high-end shower fittings far more effectively than single-point conventional drains. The ability to drain water effectively facilitates the use of natural stone, which tends to grow moss quickly, instead of tiles.
- CHARU BAHRI