Water and energy conservation are on the rise for commercial faucets and the major manufacturers agree. But recent pandemic influences and issues with cross contamination have also made their way into this product segment. So, what’s the answer? We’ll be seeing a number of new electronic faucets this year that answer the call of facility managers and end users alike.

“Owners are actively seeking out products that meet LEED design criteria with lower maintenance costs and easy installation,” according to Sean Martin, vice president of sales and marketing at Zurn. He said that sensor products enhance building presentation and provide benefits to the owner and users, especially with hands-free products that reduce bacteria transfer. Sloan Valve Co. is working on programmable plumbing system technologies that enable professionals to remotely turn faucets on and off or control how long they operate. According to Susan Kennedy, director of marketing, “Control systems are not only appropriate for high-use/high-abuse environments, but forward-thinking managers can use these systems to reduce labor costs and help maintain their facilities,” she adds.

Design is also becoming a trend these days, especially in healthcare applications where a desire to emulate a residential setting with functionality is growing. According to Sherry Petrin, director of commercial business development at Delta Faucet Co., “The idea that commercial products need to be institutional looking to be functional is no longer accepted in the commercial marketplace.”

All the manufacturers that we talked to agree that it’s still the plumbing wholesaler that continues to stay on top of the commercial faucet business. Even though there’s the power of the Internet at consumers’ hands, companies still need physical distribution, sales support, services and other supply chain functions, says Kennedy.

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Chicago Faucetoffers the HyTronic line of sensor-operated faucets, which was specifically designed to address the reliability concerns often associated with electronic faucets.

Water conservation is becoming the biggest thing in faucets on the institutional side, according to Tim Millay, director/commercial sales atMoen. “Electronic sensor faucets are gaining ground because of LEED.” Pictured is one of Moen’s commercial faucets.

Sloan Valve’s Solis™ faucet incorporates the latest advancements in solar-powered technology and leading-edge electronics to conserve water and energy.

Zurn’s line of E-Z faucets utilizes 6 VDC power, so the same model faucet can be installed in your choice of supplied power.

Elkay’s LK940TS08L2H wall-mount commercial faucet has solid brass construction with a chrome finish.

Kohler’s Tripoint line of touchless, water-conserving lavatory faucets is programmed to activate based on distance from the fixture. Available in gooseneck or regular style.

The 591T electronic faucet fromDeltauses a technology that reduces or eliminates false activation of running water.