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May 2021

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, many Affordable Housing professionals are getting back to 'normal' business - but with a few challenges post-Covid. 

Specifying for Affordable Housing post-Covid

The impacts of the pandemic have demonstrated just how important robust and reliable bathroom solutions are within affordable housing.

Discover how our range of products can help you balance quality, compliance and budget in your affordable housing specification, while still making it feel like home for resident satisfaction.

Standing the test of time

Water fittings must always be reliable within affordable housing; however, lockdown illuminated the need for products that limit maintenance and repairs – especially when residents are trying to limit physical contact and people entering their homes.

Bristan has a commitment to creating products that last, which is why every tap and shower is tested in our UKAS accredited in-house testing facility at every stage of development. This ensures our products comply with the standard and voluntary legislation and fundamentally stand the test of time.

We believe it’s necessary to test far beyond the normal; therefore, our showers are tested to the equivalent of 130 years, whilst our taps are turned on and off 80,000 times to ensure endurance. As well as this, our taps undergo high-pressure testing, so they can handle 25 times the standard water pressure.

We’ve recently extended guarantees across a selection of our Bristan taps from 5 to 10 years. Made possible by our comprehensive lifecycle testing and the introduction of enhanced components, taps are now twice as durable and have smoother operation. This means affordable housing professionals can have even more peace of mind when specifying with us. (Some exclusions apply - find more information here)

Balancing quality and price

Affordable housing specification is often driven by value for money and durability, but it’s key that professionals take into account the importance of resident satisfaction too. A happy tenant keeps business costs down, with less resource being spent on customer service and repairs.

Our Bristan brand offers plenty of customer inspired tap ranges that are stylish yet affordable.

What’s more, our Design Utility Lever Bath Shower Mixer offers a classic design with easy-to-use controls, the perfect option for balancing form and function on a budget.

Easy maintenance

It’s key that our products allow for easy maintenance – not only to improve their lifespan, but also to reduce repair time within homes in a post-Covid world.

Products such as our Joy Care Showers include an anti-limescale feature that reduces build up. They also have rub-clean handsets and external filters that make them easy to clean and helps to extend the products life. This ensures you’re getting value for money when specifying, with products that will stand the test of time and ensure residents have less repairs within their homes.

Guaranteeing safety

One of the many things the pandemic has taught is how safety should always be prioritised – and that goes for within the home too.

Many of our affordable taps and shower ranges include our thermostatic technology as standard. A popular one is our Joy Care range, which features anti-scalding thermostatic controls for safety. The thermostatic feature avoids temperature changes even when water is used elsewhere in the home for comfortable, safe showering. 

Providing customer inspired Brilliant Simple solutions, Bristan’s Specification Managers are on hand to help you with your next project