Design Considerations For Green Restrooms
Manufacturers advice facility executives to do the research to find the products their facility and organization needs. As an example, environmental requirements and water consumption should be foremost considerations. A 2.2 gpm flow rate is necessary in food preparation areas, nurses' stations and custodial rooms, for example, where employees are washing foods, filling containers or rinsing equipment. But basic hand-washing faucets can operate effectively at a much lower flow rate. The U.S. Green Building Council specifically recommends lavatory faucets with 0.5 gpm outlets for public restrooms and other general hand-washing stations. In selecting products, facility executives should also consider factors like the amount of traffic a restroom will have and the characteristics of the maintenance staff that will be responsible for the restroom.