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Water saving solutions for commercial & residential projects When it comes to the specification of more sustainable systems for water saving in showers, most accreditation systems require shower systems to run between 7.5 l/min – 9 l/min, and this is made feasible thanks to flow restricting ‘mousseurs’, and technology that allows equal dispensation of water from each nozzle in the shower head. This actually reduces water usage while maintaining a high quality shower experience for users. Some thermostats are also fitted with eco buttons that can reduce consumption by up to as much as 50 per cent.


In terms of taps, although traditionally associated with commercial interiors such as public toilets, infra-red taps are now being introduced to the residential market. Water is only dispensed when sensor detects movement thus the water-saving results really are tangible. Finally, one of the easiest sustainable specifications in any bathroom is addressing the toilet flush system. It is incredible to think that almost a third of daily water usage is going back down our drains after flushing. Flush systems compliant with


BREEAM should have an effective flush volume of 4.5 litres or less, and there are many brands offering these efficient solutions in a range of styles and designs. As we move further into the digital age, new and exciting sustainable innovations are beginning to make their way into the home. The integration of smart water systems will allow consumers to track consumption, detect micro leaks and frost risk, and in case of a detected burst pipe, automatically shut off the water supply. Exciting water saving innovations are entering the market each year, but what does the future hold? Soon we will see the option to pre-programme a bath to fill to a pre-selected level and temperature, with no excess water being wasted trying to find the optimum temperature. On the other hand, shower systems can be paused to temporarily stop the water flow while the user is applying soap or shampoo, before the flow is restarted again at the same volume and temperature. Each of these small steps will make a big difference to the burden we bear on the precious resource of water.


Glenn Payne is head of projects at Grohe


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