Plumbing & Heating Products – April 2021

Plumbing & Heating Products – April 2021

Salamander Pumps

CT Xtra

Salamander Pumps has announced another record year of sales of its best-selling CT Xtra shower pump range over the last year, with sales of the range increasing by more than 30% over the last 12 months.

The compact pumps are said to offer an easy installation process and feature a three-year warranty. The range is also designed to provide a quiet and effective solution for boosting water performance, with the full portfolio awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Mark, with independent testing at the University of Salford confirming that CT Xtra pumps are amongst the quietest available.

Chris Vallance, Sales Director at Salamander Pumps, said: “We designed this range to provide an affordable and effective solution to boosting water performance, and the continued increase in sales every year clearly demonstrates the popularity of the products amongst the trade.

“We also know from customer feedback how important it is for these types of products to be easily accessible, and so we’ve placed great focus on ensuring the CT Xtra pumps are readily available at any plumbing merchant.”

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Flow regulators

Manufactured in the UK, Neoperl produces flow regulators in hundreds of sizes that can now be retrofitted to taps and showers throughout the home. And regardless of the prevalent water pressure, a flow regulator maintains a consistent water stream at the chosen flow rate.

Whilst most taps will already include a flow control device at the end of the spout, it’s often only when in situ that one can identify whether the flow is too strong. Now the incumbent device can be easily removed and replaced with one that reduces the flow to a comfortable level. Similarly with showers, a valve shower often delivers far too much water and even a slight reduction adds up to a substantial water saving over the year.

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Part L changes

The new Approved Document Part L primarily addresses energy efficiency and air tightness in buildings in the lead up to the introduction of the Future Home Standard in 2025 (, and PipeSnug has welcomed the recent Government response which specifies the use of pipe grommets and collars on incoming service penetrations and internal building services in new build dwellings.

The Government intends that the new Part L will deliver an ‘uplift’ in high-quality homes that are in line with its broader housing commitments and encourage homes that are future-proofed for the longer-term.  These homes will be expected to produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared to current standards.

Airtightness in new dwellings is an important driver towards ensuring this new housing stock minimises heat loss, and the new Part L will set the minimum standard for air permeability with pipe grommets and pipe collars, such as PipeSnug, helping to ensure the airtightness Part L requires.

Alex Lever, Director of PipeSnug, said: “We are obviously delighted that the benefits of pipe grommets and collars have been recognised in Part L of the Building Regulations, and we believe PipeSnug and FlueSnug are a quick and easy path to compliance. The product can be used to seal service penetrations internally and externally, providing an instant air tight finish without the need for additional sealants or tape.”

Also suitable for extensions and remedial work, PipeSnug simply fits into the hole drilled for the pipework and comes in 32mm, 40mm or 110mm sizes, removing any need for pointing. Its big brother, FlueSnug, is endorsed by Worcester Bosch, Ideal Heating and other leading boiler manufacturers and can be installed in less than five seconds, snuggly fitting the 152mm core-drilled hole in the wall through which the boiler pipe and flue exits.

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ESi Controls

6 Series Heating Controls

ESi Controls has launched its new, top of the range, 6 Series WiFi Programmable Room Thermostat.

Fully OpenTherm compatible, this new range of controls offers a host of features and allows full control via the room thermostat or via a mobile phone or tablet.

It includes Optimum Start/Stop, Domestic Hot Water (DHW) setpoint, Hot Water time and temperature control when working in conjunction with a wireless cylinder thermostat, full 7 day, 5/2 day or 24 hour programming options, a boost facility, a Holiday Mode and is an ERP Class 5 Product. The new controls are available in white or grey.

The new 6 series complies with all relevant directives, incorporates the latest in energy efficiency technology and comes with a three year warranty.

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PJH Group

Bathrooms to Love heating range

The PJH Group’s Bathrooms to Love Collection has enhanced its heating range with the addition of over 40 new designer radiators and ladder rails, as well as new accessories and valves. With designer radiators now a significant bathroom category, the expanded collection includes a comprehensive choice of styles and designs from classic to contemporary.

The range includes a variety of innovative and designer-inspired radiators and towel rails, and at a range of ‘Good, Better & Best’ competitive price points. Styles are available in many shapes, sizes and finishes as well as multifunctional designs with integrated mirrors, or with optional extras such as towel rails and magnetic robe hooks. Furthermore, many of the designs can complement any room in the home and not just the bathroom.

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Distribution partnership

Scottish transport and storage company T P Niven and Stelrad Radiators are celebrating the diamond anniversary of their partnership and are marking the milestone with a new co-branded vehicle that will be seen travelling the roads of the UK this year.

Stelrad’s Chris Harvey said: “The relationship with T P Niven is a key one for the success of the Stelrad brand. Logistics is more important today than it’s ever been and as well as producing the highest quality radiators for the UK heating sector, it’s imperative that we can meet our delivery obligations to the merchant network with our promise of delivering our radiators within 72 hours of every order.”

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Oil boilers

Navien’s LCB700 range is said to offer superior efficiencies up to 104%, which the company says make it the only domestic oil boiler capable of achieving an ErP A+ energy rating. Available as either a regular, system or combi boiler, in both internal and external models, the LCB700 not only boasts Navien’s blue flame technology but it is also lightweight (with lift weights from only 58kg), easy to handle and optimised for simple, fast and cost-effective installation.

All boilers are SEDBUK ‘A’ rated and utilise a stainless steel heat exchanger resistant to corrosion and erosion, designed to ensure an extended lifespan. Navien’s pump system allows for continuous optimisation of heating and hot water output, while the oil boilers use the same 60/100mm plastic flues as their NCB gas counterparts — with extended venting possible up to 20 metres, providing a wealth of flexible installation options.

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Heat Pump Association

Market growth

The Heat Pump Association, which represents around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, has surveyed its members to estimate the supply of heat pumps in 2021. Its findings have revealed that manufacturers have placed orders with their supply chains to deliver a total of 67,000 units in 2021 — and this equates to a near doubling of the number of heat pumps on shelves and in warehouses ready for installers to meet the growing consumer demand.

This boost in predicted sales follows on from the Prime Minister’s announcement last year of a 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, which set out ambitions to roll out 600,000 heat pumps into homes per year by 2028. The growth also closely aligns with the HPA’s own roadmap to net zero, which called for 72,000 heat pump installations this year.

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