This month’s trend focuses on commercial fixtures in the bathroom.

The newest commercial bathroom fixtures offer water conservation, vandal resistance and a less institutional look.

“Using water more wisely - especially potable water which uses energy and chemicals to treat - is imperative, as supplies are limited and our population and economy are growing,” said Rob Zimmerman, senior engineer-water conservation initiatives at Kohler Co. “Public education, along with new water-efficient products and building design methods, are critical to contain water use.”

Kohler’s commercial 1.28-gallon-per-flush Flushometers/bowls have a specially engineered bowl and trapway and a piston valve design for plug-resistant flushing performance at lower water volume.

At the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last May, American Standard showed commercial high-efficiency toilets in both wall-mount and floor-mount configurations. As the size and weight of the average American increases, floor-mounted toilets are becoming a safer and more practical option, according to a company spokesman.

Moen’s new FreeHand™ electronic faucets, made of solid, vandal-resistant brass, save energy and water with two automatic, adjustable shutoff sensors to control water flow.

HyTronic sensor-operated, hands-free electronic faucets from Chicago Faucets address reliability and vandal-resistance.

Symmons’ Lexington™ two-handle lavatory faucets are built to withstand the abuse of time and perform under a broad range of water conditions.

A trend toward installing washfountains vs. typical china lavatories in industrial facilities, schools and parks/recreational facilities was noted by a spokeswoman for Bradley Corp. Some restaurants and offices are using stainless steel washfountains as a unique alternative, she added.

Sloan’s 7000 series SloanStone® solid-surface lavatory systems have a new continuous-curve basin design that eliminates the “institutional” look of commercial lavatories, yet offers durability in high-use restrooms.

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Kohler’sSteward waterless urinal offers touch-free use and is vandal-resistant due to no flush valve. Its cartridge-free integral trapway enhances performance and reduces maintenance. Waterless functionality saves up to 40,000 gallons of water per fixture per year, the company said.

Chicago Faucets’ HyTronic electronic faucets have an adjustable twin beam system that provides a quick response time and allows for automatic adjustment between a static (infrared) and dynamic (hand motion only) mode.

TheSloanStone®solid-surface double- and triple-station lavatory systems from Sloan are available in 24 solid and speckled finishes.

Bradley Corp.’s recycled terrazzo washfountain made of recycled amber, blue, green, clear and gray glass bottles helps conserve energy, water, space and landfill waste. It is offered in 54-inch and 36-inch circular and semi-circular configurations with a 9-inch deep bowl.

 Symmons’ Lexington lavatory faucet features Symmetrix® technology, quarter-turn ceramic control components, lever handles, lift-rod and pop-up drain assembly.

Moen’s new FreeHand™ electronic ADA-compliant faucets are offered in four models designed to meet high-volume demands in washrooms, locker rooms and public lavatories, with reduced maintenance time and costs.