The design/construction industry’s shift to using the building information modeling (BIM) process has opened the gateway to managing large quantities of data to ensure complete coordination and integration among all facets of the building process.
Of the vast amount of plumbing fixtures and accessories it takes to design a commercial restroom, one may not think sinks would require much attention. But, if sinks are not planned as thoroughly as the other plumbing criteria, designers may find the chosen assembly does not properly meet needs, or code, causing costly replacement or changes.
Last year, new federal guidelines were introduced, reducing the acceptable levels of lead that can be found in various plumbing components used for potable water applications. This change had a major impact on plumbing professionals, as well as the industry as a whole.
While tubs for dog washing are a common feature of veterinary clinics, kennels, and professional pet-grooming services, these products are increasingly being installed in locations where dog-owners can wash their own pets. Many multi-family housing developments, apartment buildings, and residential condominiums now offer dog-washing rooms in addition to exercise yards in an attempt to attract more animal-owning tenants.
Recent industry trends have enabled several choices of competing plumbing materials to gain greater traction in the market. As a result, plumbing professionals have far more factors to consider when designing a system, which has led to numerous questions about how to get the most value out of a new system. What do you look for? What considerations do you need to address?
Goals such as increasing a facility’s sustainability take a different spin for new construction and renovation projects. Although any building—new or existing—can strive for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the approaches to feasibly achieve that goal change based on the building.