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17/08/2022
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What we know about facility managers (and how we work with them).

We’ve been working closely with facility managers since the day we launched back in 2012, and one thing has always been clear – when it comes to hand dryers and washroom accessories, the people responsible for keeping a building running like a well-oiled machine want products for life, with free repairs, lifetime guarantees, reliability, and durability. We also know that quick turnarounds are a top priority when it comes to delivery, free repairs, spares and replacements. However, in recent years, we’ve also seen sustainability and energy efficiency move further up... Read More

04/10/2021

Our Journey to Carbon Neutrality (and why litter picking forms part of this).

Updated 19/10/22 When Intelligent Facility Solutions’ founder, Andrew Cameron, founded the business back in 2012, he liked the fact that the products it specialised in, namely hand dryers, saved people lots of money, eliminated paper towel waste, and stopped trees from being chopped down. We wanted to live and breathe our environmental ethos… While we were delivering environmental benefits to our customers, we also believed it was important to put our money where our mouths were, so to speak. So we made incremental changes within our business, like agreeing with... Read More

05/01/2021
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Top High Speed, Quick Drying Hand Dryers For 2022

We have been asked these questions a thousand times over. What is the fastest hand dryer on the market? Which one actually dries your hands in the quickest time possible? Some manufacturers would have you believe that theirs is the quickest, (and why wouldn’t they?), without actually showing how they tested them. If they can provide the testing, have they really got the hands soaking wet like you do when you wash your hands? At Intelligent we have tested the dry times to strict protocols.  At the bottom of this post, you... Read More

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Are bamboo toilet paper and hand towels the more environmentally friendly options?

There is still a misperception amongst many that the toilet rolls and paper towels we use at home and in public restrooms are environmentally friendly. They come from sustainable forests and are biodegradable right? Well, not really. The reality across the world is that we are consuming faster than we produce and the process of turning a tree from ‘a sustainable forest’ into a toilet roll or hand towel is far from sustainable. Do you know about Bamboo Bobbi, our new bamboo toilet paper? Be sure to read about it, and the... Read More

Why is saving important? 01/06/2019
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Why is saving water important?

Water is all around us isn’t it? Rivers, lakes, the sea you swam in on holiday or live near to. There seems to be an endless supply. So why do people keep telling us we need to save as much as possible? After reading this, do make sure to check out the free water saving devices available in the UK, that will really help in the conservation of water. We’ve pulled all the resources together in one place, so you don’t have to spend time trawling through the internet! You’re certainly not... Read More

11/01/2018
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Which Is The Best Commercial Hand Dryer On The Market In 2022?

Updated 08/5/2022 The ‘Best Commercial Hand Dryers in 2022 list’ has been compiled based on a scoring criterion for speed, energy-efficiency, quiet operation, vandal resistance, life expectancy and overall value. The list provides an overall ‘best’, however it is worth considering the particular needs and budget of your location. The individual product reviews will give you more personalised insights into the best hand dryer for you. If you go to the bottom of the page, you will also find links to the ‘best high-speed’, the ‘best quiet’ and other factors... Read More

14/11/2022

10 Years of Intelligent

As we approach our ten-year anniversary on the 21st of November, Intelligent Facility Solutions’ founder, Andrew Cameron, reflects on some of the discoveries he’s made since launching our sustainable washroom solutions company back in 2021. Ten things I have learnt over the last decade. What started in 2012 as a desire to help companies reduce waste and become more energy efficient, has resulted in a phenomenal journey that’s seen my little company grow to more than 14 people, achieve £5 million turnover, move to stunning new riverside offices in Sheffield,... Read More

Which is the Best Commercial Soap Dispenser 11/11/2022
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Which is the Best Commercial Soap Dispenser in 2023?

Soap dispensers, especially with the ability to use alcohol gel, are a very popular addition to a facility. Not only the washroom, but also for temporary hand wash / hand sanitiser stations in places like building entrances, meeting rooms, office spaces and corridors to increase hand hygiene and combat the spread of COVID-19. When you’re looking for a soap dispenser, you not only want it to look good, but you also want it to do the job it’s intended to do with minimal fuss. The title of “best commercial soap... Read More

Great Hand Dryers For The Home 03/11/2022
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4 Great Hand Dryers For The Home

Outlined in an article in The Daily Mail and backed up by the NHS, bathroom towels and mats are probably one of the most unhygienic items in the home. Why? Because they retain moisture allowing bacteria to breed and are used in the most germ ridden areas of the house; collecting feces and other bacteria substances from the hands, face and body. These bacteria can be spread from person to person as the towel is used by multiple people.  Just washing the towel is not enough, you have to do it at the... Read More

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Recommended Installation Heights For Hand Dryers?

With the arrival of many different types of hand dryers to the UK market, including blade hand dryers, high speed hand dryers and hybrid hand dryers, you may have become less clear about the correct installation heights. Don’t worry this blog gives you the general recommended heights for hand dryers, whatever the type of dryer or whether it is for a installation in a male, female, disabled or children’s washroom (age specific). Make sure to also check out our blog post detailing the recommended installation heights for hair dryers too! Standard recommended... Read More

Are Hand Dryers Hygienic? 01/11/2022
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Are Hand Dryers Hygienic?

Updated Nov 2022 – 4 min read The question of whether hand dryers are hygienic?’ has been put under the spotlight since the outbreak of the pandemic. The answer is a resounding YES! Hand dryers are approved for use in public areas by the WHO, CDC and all International governments. Japanese and German Governments give hand dryers approval When the pandemic started both the Japanese and German governments instructed a vigorous review of the data on hand dryers and paper towels to be on the side of caution, both have... Read More

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Which are the best hand dryers for disabled washrooms?

When selecting hand dryers for disabled washrooms there are a number of considerations: Installation height Spray pattern of the dryer Wet floors Size of the unit Noise output Installation height of hand dryers in disabled washrooms Firstly, the height the hand dryer is installed. Disabled doesn’t necessarily mean wheelchair user, therefore there are a whole range of potential positions the users may be accessing the hand dryer from. The hand dryer will have a different recommended installation height depending on whether it is a ‘blade’ hands in hand dryer like the Dyson... Read More

6 Bathroom Fittings to Make Facilities More User Friendly

Updated 1/11/2022 – 2 min read Institutions, laws and aware companies are trying to adapt sanitary facilities to the widest range of users. We tend to focus this inclusion on premises for disabled users, however, there are simple choices at any commercial washroom that can make the experience more pleasant for non-disabled people and those with mild dexterity issues or children. When purchasing bathroom fittings, one of the product options is usually more user friendly. 1) Toilet tissue dispenser Smaller than commercial toilet roll holders since they are intended for medium... Read More

A Buying Guide to WRAS Approved Automatic Sensor Taps 21/10/2022
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A Buying Guide to WRAS Approved Automatic Sensor Taps

We’ve already discussed how to choose the best sensor tap for your requirements, but If you’ve been asked to spec WRAS approved sensor taps, or you prefer your products to have this, then the post highlights some of the best on the market.  If you’re unfamiliar with what WRAS approval is, then we’ve got that covered below too. The 17 best WRAS approved automatic sensor taps for 2022 include: AQUAZONE AQUAECO Mono Sensor Tap AQUAZONE SAVOIA Mono Sensor Tap AQUAZONE AQUAECO Mono MIXER Sensor Tap Franke AQUA131 Protronic-S Sensor Tap Franke AQUA130 Protronic-S... Read More

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How to improve the indoor air quality in your school

21/10/2022 Schools in the UK house more than 10 million children and young adults, who spend around a third of their lives at school. – 70% of this school time is spent indoors. So, it’s therefore really important that schools provide their students with the best possible indoor environment for learning. Article in Summary – Indoor air quality is a real issue for schools, and the effects of poor air quality can have serious short and long-term effects on both students and staff. So, a few things that schools can... Read More

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5 Reasons To Buy From The Energy Technology List (ETL)

Buying new energy efficient equipment? With the seemingly never-ending rises in the cost of energy hitting businesses bottom line in has never been more important to install the most energy efficient products possible and take advantage of government support where it’s on offer. Helping deliver resource, energy and financial savings – improving cash flow as well! Manufacturers or suppliers with products that qualify for the Energy Technology List (ETL) are able to demonstrate that they provide energy efficient equipment. Intelligent Hand Dryers (Intelligent Facility Solutions) are proud to have a... Read More