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Cabinet upgrades in a box
Qwikkit - formerly known as Cinch Kit - offers custom cabinet refacing kits for institutional customers, including contractors, distributors and single-family rental or multifamily property owners. Specifiers can choose from a variety of door colors and styles, including Shaker, slab and slide styles, plus a selection of knobs and pulls and a choice of standard or soft-close hidden hinges.
The kits ship within a week, according to the provider’s website. All parts required to install the new cabinet faces are provided in the kit, and all installation can be handled by on-site maintenance teams.
Commercial air quality
Trane is offering two upgrades to its commercial-grade HVAC systems, both designed to provide building managers with greater tools to monitor energy efficiency.
The Trane Air-Fi Wireless Sensors, which monitor temperature, humidity, occupancy and carbon dioxide, are now compatible with the Trane/Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI VRF system. Users can connect the wireless sensors to the system using the Tracer SC+ or Tracer Concierge platforms.
With upgrades to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2023 standards, the IntelliPak 1 Rooftop Unit now comes standard with the Trane Symbio 800 controller, through which managers can monitor and control their HVAC systems remotely. The system integrates with all standard building communication protocols, according to the manufacturer, and features adaptive controls to adjust performance in response to difficult conditions, local scheduling without the need to connect to a separate automation system and data logging for later review.
The new Resident Visitor Management feature on Dormakaba’s Community software, coupled with Dormakaba’s BlueSky moble app, allows apartment residents to create, access, and share mobile keys or PIN codes to provide access to a building’s perimeter, common areas or individual units.
Resident users can customize keys either for single-use access, multiple uses or a specific date and time. This function allows temporary access for service providers such as cleaners, dog walkers, package delivery, repairs or family and friend visits, according to the manufacturer. Extra features include visitor history logs and long-range technology for parking garages or service areas.
Faucets and fixtures
Kohler has added a number of new product lines to its Sterling mid-price kitchen and bath series, including three new faucet models – Ludington, Medley and Valton – and two shower wall units, Medley and Traverse.
The Ludington, Medley and Valton lines include both kitchen and bath faucet configurations, available in either a chrome finish, brushed nickel for bathroom faucets or stainless steel for kitchen faucets. The kitchen edition features a pull-down and pull-out head with a proprietary spray face designed to prevent mineral buildup. All faucets come pre-assembled for easy installation.
The Medley shower unit is made from Sterling’s proprietary Vickrell material, and is designed to install quickly and easily via watertight interlocking panels. The Traverse shower is composed of a four-piece interlocking wall panel set with a subway tile design. The unit features a split back for ease of transportation and forms water-containment channels once installed. Both showers are available in a choice of four sizes to fit a given space