One-Stop Resource for Safe and Accessible Home Design from American Standard
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 20, 2012) — With the number of aging homeowners on the rise and multigenerational households becoming commonplace, American Standard Brands has established an online resource that showcases a number of safe and accessible product solutions designed to provide convenience for all lifestyles and life stages.
The website, www.americanstandard.com/safe-and-accessible, offers a complete range of home design and independent living solutions — from walk-in bathtubs, zero threshold showers and wheelchair-accessible lavatories — as well as resources from the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) Program.
“Tomorrow’s homes and building products will help people enjoy their homes longer and accommodate residents of all ages and abilities along the way,” explained Kalpesh Nanji, CAPS certified, and director of business development at American Standard Brands. “American Standard has developed a comprehensive range of solidly engineered, high-performing, “quietly accessible” products integrated with thoughtful innovations that allow for greater independence, safety and dignity.”
Age in Place Resources
The site contains articles, tips and product videos to help homeowners create a beautiful, yet safe and comfortable, bathroom. Key site features include:
Product Information: A downloadable product information kit helps homeowners address their specific accessibility needs and determine appropriate design solutions. For example, a consumer with a multigenerational household can review targeted product solutions to make their bathrooms safe and comfortable for all members of their family, whether they be toddlers, middle-age adults or elderly grandparents. Corresponding product specification sheets and informational literature are quickly downloadable for easy reference.
Smart Search: Streamlined site navigation enables visitors to narrow project criteria — such as ADA-compliant products, fixtures with easy-to-operate lever handles, right-height toilets — and print detailed project specifications down to the SKU-level specifics such as finish/color, material, mounting options, and flow/flush rates.
“Safe and accessible solutions from American Standard include everything from innovative pullout sprays and hand showers that allow users to bathe while seated, to lowering thresholds to accommodate people with limited mobility to basic anti-scald devices,” said Nanji.
My Projects: Product selections and related costs can be managed and tracked on the site. These project solutions can easily be saved either to a personal computer, the website’s “Projects” page, or sent to a contractor.
Project History: The site remembers favorite products, recent searches, and can also alert homeowners to updates about product documentation, repair parts or price changes.
This “Safe and Accessible” website draws upon design standards offered by the National Institute on Aging, part of the Federal Government's National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as recommendations provided by the AARP.
ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS
American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. The company is online at www.americanstandard.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/AMStandard and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.