Editors' Picks

July 01, 2005 |

Flush to Conserve

New high-efficiency toilets let users choose either 1 or 1.6 gallons per flush with the push or pull of a handle. This new flush system, found in the EcoQuantum dual-flush pressure-assist toilets, can conserve an average of 4,500 gallons of water per room each year in hotel and motel buildings. Available in three shades with a locking lid, right-hand trip lever, different trip lever finishes, a floor mount, and a back outlet option.


Reader Service No. 305

Wall Protection

Line of wall protection products has been expanded with three environmentally sensitive options: handrail and chair rail made from bamboo, wall guards made from 80%-recycled stainless steel, and wall and corner guards manufactured from recycled plastic containers. The EnviroGT line also includes handrail and wall guards made from 100%-recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) covers mounted on Forest Stewardship Council-rated wood retainers and corner guards manufactured entirely from HDPE.

InPro Corp.

Reader Service No. 309

Bring the Sky Inside

Ceiling system incorporates backlit translucent panels imprinted with a variety of images to re-create the look of real skylights. SkyTiles are compatible with existing flat or drop ceilings and are available with landscape, sky, and deep space images, as well as with custom designs. Applications include healthcare, retail, office, and hospitality facilities.

The Sky Factory.

Reader Service No. 308

Wind Load Calculator

Manufacturer of metal edge roofing systems has created a free online wind design calculator to help designers calculate the wind speed in a particular area and the design pressure needed for either fascia or coping to withstand that wind speed. Users enter vital information such as building height, occupancy category, exposure, and location, and select either fascia or coping to receive the calculation results. www.metalera.com

Metal-Era Inc.

Reader Service No. 301

Light-Powered Lavatory

Handwashing fixture incorporates photovoltaic cells that convert the restroom light into electricity to activate the flow of water. Express SS and MG series lavatory systems do not require a hard-wired electrical connection or batteries. The PVs capture light when it is available and the system's patented power management module stores the energy for up to five days, says the maker.

Bradley Corp.

Reader Service No. 311

Ultimate Accessibility

Fiberglass roll-in shower meets ADA requirements for accessibility with wheelchairs and walkers. Ideal for hotels and resorts catering to the growing senior travel industry, the Best Bath shower features a collapsible water dam that allows for easy entry while preventing water from spilling out onto the bathroom floor.

Best Bath Systems.

Reader Service No. 317

Old World Charm

Fiberglass double door provides the old-world charm of wood with the durability of fiberglass. IWP Aurora is available pre-hung with a flat or full radius top in mahogany wood grain or paint grade finish. Decorative options include straps and accent buttons.


Reader Service No. 314

Dual-Flush Toilets

Line of two-piece toilets provides users with the choice of flushing with 0.8 or 1.6 gallons to help reduce water consumption. Sterling Rockton and Karsten toilets feature a siphonic system that ensures optimum washdown on a single flush and helps keep the bowl clean. Available in four colors: white, grey, almond, and light brown.

Kohler Co.

Reader Service No. 312

Groovy Without UV

Metal-halide lamp features a coating that blocks 90% of the ultraviolet light output while maintaining its color rendering and lumen levels. By reducing UV levels, the UV-Cut lamp prevents fading, discoloration, and deterioration of materials in the room and reduces the yellowing of the polycarbonate fixture lens, maximizing light output and increasing fixture life.

Eye Lighting.

Reader Service No. 303

Flooring with Glitz and Glitter

Slip-resistant rubber flooring is infused with aluminum glitter to add sparkle to the slightly textured surface. Noraplan Grip is PVC-free and does not require waxing or sealing, contributing to healthier indoor air quality and lower cleaning and maintenance costs. Available in rolls or tile, and in 12 colors.

Nora Rubber Flooring.

Reader Service No. 310

Designing with Light

Visual selection catalog takes designers through products, case studies, and design strategies for interior lighting. "Designing with Light" includes specification information and guidelines for effective application of more than 1,000 products. An accompanying online project management Web site helps designers select, price, and manage orders throughout the course of a project.


Reader Service No. 315

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