Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) occur in every type of healthcare facility and can be spread in various ways. These infections are caused by a number of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Hospital water systems and bathrooms can be ideal places for germs to breed. However, through smart restroom design and strategic specification of fixtures, healthcare facilities can minimize the spread of infection-causing pathogens.
The commercial restroom is at the epicenter of a critical environmental consideration—water. Recent innovations have elevated the commercial restroom as an opportunity to drive sustainability, performance, and design for architects, engineers, and project managers.
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.
The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, built in a Chicago suburb in 2006, hosts hundreds of events annually. The large influx of visitors resulted in the struggle of keeping up with paper towel refills, until an electric hand-drying option was specified.
In the past, faucets were not a primary focus of water efficiency advocates, given the 1992 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) and subsequent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions limited faucet flows to 8.3 L/minute (2.2 gallons per minute [gpm]) at 414 kPA (60 psi).