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environmentally friendly solution, as Delta observed that 85 percent of
the time, people run the kitchen faucet continually for as much as 15
minutes at a time.
"Those are benefits that anybody can use, whether completely able
bodied or not," said Lord, which encapsulates the underlying premise of
today's universal design.
KWC also manufactures a no-touch faucet for the kitchen called the
ONO Touch Light Pro - a wireless faucet in which the control volume and
temperature can be controlled remotely.
"Minimizing bacteria in the kitchen is important at all ages, and using
a product that is intuitive is a driving factor behind this product, said Darryl
Jones, western regional sales manager for KWC America. "The great thing
about it is, this faucet works the same for everyone; it's not dependent on
lighting in the home or how much electricity your body carries."
As with the vast majority of today's universal design products, aesthetics are at play, appealing to a wide sector of consumers - even though
the faucet is ideal for wheelchair-bound folks.
"The younger generation will buy the faucet because it's cool, it's the
'in' thing to have," said Jones, who added that soon the company intends
to bring this concept into the bathroom. "I think of universal design as the
way to design a home that is useful for everyone. It's just smart design."

Burn Prevention

(Top left) The new KWC ONO touch light Pro is a portable, wireless
faucet. Without directly touching the faucet itself, the user can control volume and temperature remotely.This new concept in electronic
faucet operation stores three preset settings to regulate both temperature and flow rate. To save energy, the first preset is programmed
for cold water so that unwanted hot water is never wasted. Circle No.
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(Top right) Moen Home Care has expanded its selection of grab
bars, offering new 42-in.-length options to the popular modern designs, making it easier for homeowners to match their safety needs
to their bathroom style. The 90-degree grab bars are available in
chrome and brushed nickel finishes and feature the SecureMount
flange, which allows for easy, versatile and secure grab bar installation. Circle No. 232 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
(Bottom) The entire surface of Gaggenau's CX 491 induction cooktop can be used as one large cooking zone because it contains
micro-conductors rather than large induction coils. The cookware is
automatically identified and heated exactly where it stands, and the
cooktop itself is operated intuitively using an extra-large TFT touch
display, which shows the positions, sizes and shapes of the cookware.
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The risk of burns is another legitimate area of concern in the kitchen.
Already trending in Europe for a number of years, an upsurge of offerings
in induction cooktops is happening in the U.S. as well. Unlike traditional
stovetops, induction cooktops have no individual burners, nor do they
retain or produce heat - a real safety feature - and cleaning the cooktop
with little risk of burns is a strong selling point.
"Kitchens today tend to have more of a simplistic, contemporary design, and induction cooktops seamlessly meld in that style framework,"
said Kais Zaiane, head of marketing and branding at Gaggenau, North
America. "These cooktops also blend within today's transitional kitchen
designs."
But minimizing burn risks is not the only factor driving this trend, according to Zaiane.
"I wouldn't say that trend is coming from safety but rather about speed
and convenience," he added. "We have less and less time to cook in the
evening; [induction cooking is] three times faster. Safety is the side effect."

Bathrooms
In the bathroom, undoubtedly the most important concern for those
who plan to age in place is safety, particularly as the bathroom can be
one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. Reducing the potential
for slips and falls is essential, along with accommodating those with limited mobility. As with the kitchen, artful design in the bathroom is equally
important to consumers.
Many folks are opting for curbless showers to accommodate wheelchairs or to maximize a safer entry, no matter one's physical condition.
Other trends showing up in the bathroom include floating counters, especially useful for wheelchair users, as well as pivoting mirrors, according to
Chris Gilbert, principal industrial designer for Moen.
Perhaps Moen's largest universal design category is the grab bar,
which is essential for showers, but the trick is to create something that
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KBB - November/December 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
All Abroad
Universal Design
Business Practice
PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products What’s hot
Change is Good
Cover Story
Self-Storage
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Cover2
KBB - November/December 2014 - 1
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KBB - November/December 2014 - 3
KBB - November/December 2014 - Contents
KBB - November/December 2014 - 5
KBB - November/December 2014 - Online Contents
KBB - November/December 2014 - 7
KBB - November/December 2014 - Editor’s Note
KBB - November/December 2014 - 9
KBB - November/December 2014 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - November/December 2014 - 11
KBB - November/December 2014 - People & Places
KBB - November/December 2014 - 13
KBB - November/December 2014 - 14
KBB - November/December 2014 - 15
KBB - November/December 2014 - All Abroad
KBB - November/December 2014 - 17
KBB - November/December 2014 - 18
KBB - November/December 2014 - 19
KBB - November/December 2014 - Universal Design
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KBB - November/December 2014 - 23
KBB - November/December 2014 - Business Practice
KBB - November/December 2014 - 25
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KBB - November/December 2014 - PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
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KBB - November/December 2014 - KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Trends
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Products What’s hot
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Cover Story
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Self-Storage
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