The growth of technological innovations in the past decade has already surpassed the expectations of experts within the plumbing industry. As companies continue to invest in research and development (R&D), consumers could expect more highly-engineered bathroom and kitchen fixtures and plumbing products in the coming years.
Let us take a look at the latest developments in plumbing fixtures, furniture and fittings, including new designs that were showcased in the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando:
- More color options for bath and kitchen faucets and handles, with particular focus on gold, bronze, gunmetal and matte-black finishes
- Kitchen sinks in quartz and composite materials that can resist scratches, bangs, stains and even heat. A quartz and acrylic resin combination for example, features a color that will not fade, is easy to clean, and will not produce any lingering odors.
- LED lighting and screens
- Self-cleaning toilets
- Luxurious, spa-style showers that can be controlled with just the touch of a button
- Waste-repellant toilet bowls
- Vanity cabinets that can fit tight bathroom spaces and powder rooms
- Smart home automation plumbing systems that can conserve natural resources while reducing a household’s water footprint
- Eco-friendly components for faucets, shower heads and toilets
- Smart appliances. Some even have computer chips installed in them that act as the main controllers.
- Tankless water heaters
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2017 Tech Symposium Product Show may be a great venue to witness the latest technological inventions in the industry and to directly ask the manufacturers regarding their products. It will be held on October 19-22, 2017 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal in Québec. Plumbing industry professionals will have the chance to learn new skills as well or refresh their design collection.