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A staggering amount of water can be wasted in bathrooms if efficient products aren’t used


been expressed around efficiency and hygiene with half-flushing, however, some products offer innovative elements that can ensure a complete flush every time due to the unique distribution of water across the entire bowl. Choosing a toilet with clever design elements like this means there doesn’t have to be a compromise between hygienic and environmentally responsible solutions.


HOW DO NEW TAP DESIGNS STOP


EXCESS WATER USE? Water-saving doesn’t just stop at the toilet though. One of the big culprits of excessive water use is bathroom taps, particularly when you look at older bathroom suites. To address this, most new taps now limit the rate that water is dispensed to five litres a minute, ensuring that a plentiful amount is still released, without over-using water.


Another way to make sure that new homes deliver water saving benefits is by installing a low-flow tap in the bathroom or kitchen. Flow restrictors can help reduce water consumption by up to 50 per cent.


WHAT ARE THE GENERAL POINTERS


ON SELECTING PRODUCTS? Most fixtures in the bathroom now offer integrated water-saving features as standard but, as well as offering practicality, products also need to help you achieve your overall design vision. Water-saving products don't need to sacrifice design for the sake of sustainability – many premium collections on the market today feature innovative water-saving solutions within elegant designs.


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important. A leaky toilet can waste between 200 and 400 litres a day, and a dripping tap can also result in over 5,500 litres of water wasted a year. Having well designed, well-made fixtures in the bathroom can lower the likelihood of any issues, save water and reduce maintenance needs for years to come.


WHAT ABOUT HALF-FLUSHING? When it comes to water-saving in toilets, the half-flush function has been around for decades, with dual-flushes giving the option to use a smaller amount of water in certain situations. Concerns have often


Overall, when approaching your self-build project, sustainability should be a huge consideration, and water-saving will be a big contributor to how environmentally friendly the end result will be. With the advancements in water-saving products across the entire bathroom industry, it is now easy to find a solution that not only fits with your design vision but also offers tangible benefits when it comes to your water consumption.


Bart Sobieszczanski is a designer at Ideal Standard, and general manager of the firm’s London Design and Specification Centre


jul/aug 2021


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