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The most important element in the shower, is the valve.  If a single valve is used, it should be a
single handle thermostatic temperature control valve, and preferably a 3/4" thermostat valve when
used in a custom shower.

Temperature control in a custom shower is much more than a performance consideration, it is a
safety consideration.

A pressure balance valve is not a high flow valve, and cannot be expected to replace a thermostatic
temperature control valve, especially in a multiple shower outlet installation.


Kohler
Kohler offers two innovative custom showering valves, the HiFlow Rite-Temp, singlecontrol pressure
balancing valve, and the HiFlow Thermostatic Valve with separatevolume and
temperature controls.

The Rite-Temp valve maintains stable water temperature by automatically
adjusting the mixture of hot and cold water in response to any changes in
the pressure of either the hot or the cold water supply. It will shut off
completely if the cold water supply isinterrupted. It has a 3/4" inlet and a
single outlet port on top of the valve.

This Thermostatic valve maintains selected shower temperature at all the
shower outlets (within 1° F) regardless of changes in the temperature of
the hot or cold water supply.

The temperature is selected by dialing the temperature handle to a setting
within the 70 to 110 degree comfort zone. The handle design also features
a safety detent at 100° for added protection.

It automatically adjusts the mixture of hot and cold water in response to
changes in either the pressure or temperature of the hot and cold water
supplies.

It includes an automatic shut off if the cold water supply is interrupted as well as a safety stop at
104°F - all to help prevent scalding. A manual safety stop override feature allows a maximum water
temperature of 120°F. It requires a 3/4" supply to produce optimum results.



Grohe
Grohe offers Grohtherm or Grohtemp thermostatic control valves.

Grohtherm
The high flow 3/4" Grohtherm thermostat valve is perfectly suited to meet
the demands of large multiple-head custom shower systems. With adequate
water pressure, one 3/4" Grohtherm thermostat valve can supply enough
water to simultaneously power a shower head, a personal hand shower and
up to four body sprays, and maintain a specific, pre-selected water
temperature as well. If more outlets are needed than can be accommodated
by one valve, two or more valves can be installed, but each must have
access to a main supply line.





Grohthemp
The 3/4" Grohtemp thermostat valve requires a separate volume control and is ideally suited to     
large multiple-head custom shower systems. Given adequate pressure, the 3/4" Grohtemp valve
can supply enough water to simultaneously  power a shower head, a personal hand shower, and up
to four body    sprays while automatically maintaining a specific water temperature each outlet.

    Temperature is selected by dialing either the notched or lever Chiara  
    handle within the 60 to 110 degree comfort zone. The Grohtemp             
    thermostat valve is available in a 1/2" version with or without an          
    integrated volume control. The new handle design also features a safety
    stop at 100° for added protection. Both valves allow water temperature to
    be pre-set and eliminate the  need to manually re-adjust temperature
    settings as the water heater  empties, thus saving water and energy. The
    Grohtherm thermostat valve is available in a 1/2" version as well, with or
    without an integrated volume control. Grohtherm thermostat valves are
    particularly important for small children, and physically disabled or elderly
    people.

Accurate to within 1° Fahrenheit, temperature is selected by dialing the temperature handle to a
setting within the 70 to 110 degree comfort zone. The handle design also features a safety detent
at 100° for added protection. All are sold with a variety of trim options.



Moen
Moen offers a number of both pressure-balanced and thermostatic valves. Its popular Posi-Temp
model is a pressure-balancing cycling valve which maintains water pressure so effectively, it
promises consumers will never feel a hot or cold surge in water (commonly referred to as "shower
shock").

Posi-Temp offers a higher flow rate than competitive systems so that
the time to fill a bathtub with hot water is significantly shortened and a
better overall showering experience can be achieved. In addition, a
larger comfort zone - from 90° to 110° F - makes it easy for consumers
to pinpoint their exact level of water temperature comfort.

The Posi-Temp valve is available on five Moen shower styles -Asceri®,
Monticello® InspirationsTM, VilletaTM, Traditional® and Chateau®.
Three of these collections - Asceri, Monticello and Villeta - are built on
Moen's exclusive M-PactTM system, which allows consumers to change
or upgrade the style of their bath in just minutes - without changing any
behind-the-wall plumbing.

The Moentrol valve offers all the same great features as Posi-Temp,
plus volume control and temperature memory. Volume control allows consumers to adjust the
amount of water that flows through the tub or shower - from a gentle stream to full force. With
temperature memory, Moentrol users can get the same temperature as the previous shower by just
pulling the handle out - no need to fuss with adjustments.

The Moentrol valve is compatible with Moen's vertical spa experience, which provides consumers
the flexibility to customize a showering system by adding a showerhead, hand shower or body
sprays. Moentrol is available in a basic valve style and also with a built-in, three-function transfer
valve.

Moen's top-of-the-line valve is the ExactTemp, which allows users to                                                   
accurately dial up water temperature using the valve's thermostatic                                                     
control.

In addition to all of the benefits of Moentrol, ExactTemp's precision                                                     
temperature control means that the water temperature doesn't fluctuate -                                           
even as the hot water in the tank gets lower.

The precision thermostatic control lets users dial up the same                                                             
temperature day after day - much like a thermostat. This permits the                                                   
homeowner to set the precise temperature he wants on a dial control and                                           
the valve will ensure a stable temperature. It is also pressure-balanced.

ExactTemp is available in three- and five-function transfer valves in the                                              
Asceri and Monticello Inspirations trim styles. By adding a showerhead,                                              
hand shower or body spray, consumers can have a truly customized spa                                            
in their own homes.

Each Moen ExactTemp or Moentrol valve can accommodate up to four different components. Each
main valve should be plumbed from the water supply to ensure adequate flow.

Delta
Delta has recently announced a thermostatic valve in their Select Series. We will post the
information as soon as it is available, or you may contact us for more information.
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