Washroom Design

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Good planning is the secret to good washroom design. Although it's important to take into account the kind of people who are most likely to be using the washroom, it's also important to provide for any eventuality. Providing facilities for the handicapped is a must now, and full guidelines can be found on the ADA website.

Issues of Washroom Design

Important issues that affect washroom design are ease and convenience for users, including the handicapped, and perfect hygiene. Hygiene is a hot issue since we have so many health risks to face in public bathrooms these days. Faucets that work with a sensor, meaning they turn themselves off and on, and no-touch hand dryers are a significant part of the solution.

Sensor faucets, together with water saving toilets also offer a solution to another important issue for washroom design: that of water conservation. This is an issue no matter where you go today, and all design work should take this important environmental concern into account. Waterless urinals are another part of the water saving equation, as are "gray water" toilets. These use water that is not potable drinking water, and therefore cannot be used as such. Water that would constitute gray water includes dish water, laundry water and washing water--basically, any water that is not toilet water. It can make a significant saving in the use of potable water as it constitutes over 80 percent of domestic water use.

Washroom design should allow for plenty of moving space, so that people are less inclined to brush up against dirty walls. Well designed hardware is another important aspect of hygienic facilities. It is important that in addition to good washroom design, administrators allow for adequate maintenance to keep standards of hygiene as high as possible.

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