Rest Rooms & Locker Rooms
The faucets help reduce water usage by combining low-flow outlets with precise electronic metering. The Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires all faucet and shower fixtures made in the USA to have a flow rate of no more than 2.2 gallons-per-minute (gpm) at 60 PSI. All faucets installed in the Sports & Recreation Center have a 1.0 gpm flow rate, helping conserve one of our most valuable resources.
The self-sustaining power system is a new, energy-efficient way to power high-performance electronic faucets. It uses the simple flow of water to create and store power. There is no need to replace batteries or wire the faucet to the building’s power supply. This system works reliably even when the faucet is only used intermittently. Even after long periods without usage, the unit will activate and generate power.
LOW FLOW SHOWERHEADS
At current federally mandated maximum flow rates, a standard showerhead flows at 2.2 gallons-per-minute. The showerheads installed in the Sports & Recreation Center flow at 1.5 gpm, helping conserve water and reduce costs.
The shower valve bodies are constructed from bronze, a main component of which is copper. One source for this copper is radiators from scrapped cars. The use of recycled bronze greatly reduces the carbon footprint and the need to mine new material. Further, metal chips used in the production of valves are 100% recycled. They are re-melted into the respective bar stocks for further processing into various component parts, decreasing the dependence on virgin materials, thus lessening the environmental impact.
Waterless urinals are installed throughout the Sports & Recreation Center. Not only do they reduce water consumption, they improve restroom hygiene, reduce installation and maintenance costs, and reduce water and sewer costs.
One waterless urinal avoids the use of between 20,000 to 45,000 gallons of fresh water a year. There are approximately 8 million urinals installed in the U.S. alone with approximately 100 million people using these fixtures. Assuming an average 2-gallon flush, the potable water use of urinals per year in this country is approximately 160 billion gallons. This is the equivalent to the water usage of 490,000 homes or 1.9 million people per year, which is nearly the population of the country of Qatar. This vast amount of outflow to the public sewer system is avoided and therefore does not require treatment, and will not run into our natural waterways and oceans.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that commercial buildings use 88% of the potable water in this country—a resource that becomes more scarce each year. Because toilets and faucets account for most of the water used in commercial restrooms, these water-efficient solutions pave the way to reaching sustainable goals. By using high-efficiency products, water conservation and efficiency programs are significantly deceasing the use of water within buildings. Water-efficiency fixtures can reduce consumption by 30% or more.
The fushometers use 1.28 gallons-per-flush, which is 20% below the 1.6 gallons-per-flush LEED requirement. All are made from a high level of recycled material and are 100% recyclable. All flushometers are made from approximately 80% semi-red brass cast alloy, 99% of which is from recycled sources. This alloy consists of 45% post-consumer material, 53% secondary material, and 1% virgin material.
RESTROOM STALL PARTITIONS
The restroom stall partitions are made from premium solid plastic formulated from a homogeneous compound, making it one of the most durable and cost-effective surfaces for the construction of partitions. The plastic material is chemical resistant, tough against impact, and water vapor impermeable. It resists mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria, thereby making cleaning easier. Because the partitions are not painted, there are no VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, resulting in improved air quality.
The partitions are made from recycled materials, containing 25% to 100% post-industrial content. The manufacturing process of these partitions reclaims all scrap material to create new products, thereby eliminating unnecessary waste. The units themselves are 100% recyclable.
ELECTRIC HAND DRYERS
The hand dryer motor impeller spins at 92,000 times-per-minute—generating enough power to draw in 28 liters of air-per-second. This long-life, energy-efficient motor has only three moving parts, so there are no slip rings or carbon brushes to wear down. With fully integrated mechanical, electrical, and aerodynamic systems, it's a high-efficiency, power-dense package with a diameter of just over 3 inches.
Many people give up when using a slow hand dryer. But damp hands can spread up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. NSF International testing based on Protocol 335 (a protocol for hygienic commercial hand dryers) proves that this hand dryer is the fastest; it dries hands hygienically in 12 seconds. The airblade technology, combined with the digital motor, creates high-speed sheets of air that dry water from both sides of the hands simultaneously. These hand dryers use HEPA filters to remove 99.97% of bacteria at 0.3 microns from the air used to dry hands. Hands are dried using cleaner air, not dirty air.
Most other drying methods are expensive to operate. Other hand dryers are slow, and many use a heating element, so they consume a lot of energy. Because the dryer uses filtered air blowing at 420 mph to dry hands, there is no heating element that consumes energy unnecessarily or that is prone to wear and failure. These hand dryers produce at least 73% less CO2 than some other hand dryers and up to 69% less than recycled paper towels. Paper towels require raw material, energy for processing and transporting, and manpower for restocking and disposal, and they eventually end up in a landfill.