Andreas MüllerDeputy Managing Director of the ZVSHK

“The Product Award champions innovative bathroom products that combine the needs of barrier-free design with comfort and safety.”

Initiator and Think-Tank for Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning

The ZVSHK is a representative organisation and trade association that represents the interests of more than 52,000 contractors and distributors, who employ some 340,000 employees and generate a combined annual turnover of 39,5 billion Euro (2015). As the largest representative organisation for contractors in Germany and indeed in Europe, it acts as an economic and socio-political initiator of future developments across the entire branch. The ZVSHK actively demonstrates its commitment to social issues by promoting new product solutions and communicating them to its members.

Fostering professional competency and product innovations.

Ever more bathroom conversions are being undertaken to make them barrier-free. To address this rapidly-growing market segment, the ZVSHK promotes expertise through professional training programmes that aim to broaden the skills of its members across the board. In addition, the association promotes innovative products with a view to continually expanding the competencies of its members. Contractors and tradesmen play an important advisory role as the main point of contact for consumers. That is what makes the ZVSHK Product Award so important for the trade. 


The Product Award offers bathroom professionals first-hand knowledge of which functions in the bathroom are particularly important for which age group or ability, and which trends will be important for tomorrow. That is particularly valuable when offering a complete bathroom refit in order to anticipate the consumer’s future needs and plan and build for them accordingly so that it can extended and maintained in future. A further important aim is to establish bathroom contractors as the first point of contact for consumers interested in barrier-free bathrooms.