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Feedback To the Editor: Your excellent article on water-saving toilets (“Super Bowl,” August issue, page 36) showed just how design-creative the plumbing manufacturers have become. Besides aesthetics, however, there is another extremely important element that consumers look at when it comes to these products—that of flush per for mance (especially in light of some of the dismal experiences with toilets in the 1990s!). I would urge your readers to examine the independently developed flush per for mance data on this website: www.cuwcc.org/maptesting.lasso. In our current 12th-edition report, more than 725 different toilet fixture models were tested and reported for flush per formance. Today, all manufacturers participate in Maximum Per formance (MaP) testing, and the results are used by consumers, specifiers, design architects, retailers and government all over North America. This is probably the most valuable tool for choosing a toilet fixture for the home. (By the way, the tremendous advances made by plumbing manufacturers have resulted in toilet fixtures that clearly outper form the toilets of the 1980s and 1990s, even when using much less water!) One correction to the article: Mention is made of a “proposed” California bill covering high-efficiency toilets. Actually, this bill was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 and becomes fully effective on January 1, 2014 (rather than 2010, as mentioned). —John Koeller, PE Technical Advisor to the U.S.-Canadian Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Besides the fact that I love your publication, I thought the article, “Instant Connection,” by Barry Farber in the August 2008 issue of K+BB was spot on. I’ve read literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of articles on sales over my long career and believe this piece rates up there with the best. It really distilled the essence of making a connection with a prospect in a simple, straightforward way. —Susan Murphy, iContact Designs, Inc. In response to “Is Granite a Health Hazard?” on K+BB’s green blog at www.kbbgreen.com, one reader wrote: I am a kitchen designer in Florida. We have not had one person ask about granite and radon. However, I do notice a definite trend toward more concern about other potential risks; i.e., electromagnetic ﬁelds, offgassing, lead poisoning and water quality. I think some of this is driven by the green efforts and some by the media hype. The sad thing is that you generally pay a premium for being “green” or building healthy living spaces…and no one is willing to do so. One Innovative Microwave. Endless Design Possibilities. The most accessible solution yet for where to place the microwave. ©2008 Sharp Electronics Corporation Sharp puts accessibility and style within reach with the sleek, versatile Insight-Pro Microwave Drawer® oven. Designed to mount under the counter for optimal convenience and design flexibility, it allows access from both the top and sides. It’s a great place to locate the microwave! Call 1-201-529-8619 or visit sharpusa.com/microwavedrawer FLEXIBLE DESIGN EASY TO USE C i rcle No. 100 Sharp, Microwave Drawer and Insight Pro are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respected owners.
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