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.