With the average amount of water consumption increasing and many consumers unaware of the volume of water used throughout the home and in the bathroom in particular, our water consumption in the Western world is on the up. For instance, taking regular baths is the biggest water usage in households – on average it takes 115 litres of water to fill up a bath. Whilst taking a shower, you use on average 50 litres of water. By introducing and designing a sustainable bathroom, you could reduce energy and water consumption considerably. Not only does it save money in the long-term, it also promotes sustainable living.
Manufacturers are increasingly working to develop sustainable products, so it is more readily available to introduce products that will make the bathroom eco-friendlier. Water saving devices such as low flow taps and showers, as well as dual flush toilets are relatively inexpensive and effective, in addition to replacing old lights with LEDs in relation to energy consumption. Whilst more expensive changes, such as the installation of underfloor heating and high efficiency toilets and showers, are likely to be more relevant to developers.
The materials you choose to put into your bathroom can go a long way to making your bathroom more sustainable. Using natural and recyclable materials such as steel bathtubs can make a big difference. More than 60 years ago, Bette chose to focus on the natural materials glass and steel. All of their products are 100% recyclable and exclusively “Made in Germany”. All products are manufactured completely without chemicals or solvents, and thanks to their environmentally friendly production and long life, they demonstrate a first-rate life cycle assessment and a product guarantee of 30 years. Looking at it from an alternative angle, what if waste bound for the landfill had hidden value? The innovative Kohler WasteLAB looks to nature as a model for sustainable processes – within nature’s cycles of growth and decay, waste simply doesn’t exist.Through this exploration, they are able to take a step towards building a sustainable circular economy, one in which we reuse, rethink and repurpose waste streams to create beautiful, thoughtful products. Recently, they launched the first of these products, the Crackle Collection, in partnership with ANN SACKS®. The Crackle Collection tiles are handmade by WasteLAB artisans and decorated with a dimensional visual effect achieved with a unique glaze designed to pool and break over the textured surface during firing. Tapping into current bold colour trends, the Crackle Collection features the rich shades of Mahogany, Amber, Emerald, Bone, Turquoise and Lake which can all been experienced in our Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour showroom
At present, our contracts department are working with leading hotel group, IHG for their IHG Green Engage system, an innovative online environmental sustainability system that gives their hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment. Through the use of sustainability reports, we have worked with them to save the group millions of litres of water a year on old and new refurbished hotels.
Choosing quality, hardwearing products over cheaper options makes sustainable (and often financial) sense.
The cost of installation is the same in either case, but cheap fittings tend not to last as long – meaning not only do you need to pay more in the long run, but the environmental cost is higher too.