How to Build a LEED Compliant Restroom

Green building is a growing global trend.  In the U.S, the number of green projects is expected to increase 28% by 2018, and every day, around 1.85 million square feet get LEED certified.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party verification for green buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. LEED, the most widely used third-party verification around the world, encourages facilities to use less use water and energy, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to provide healthier indoor environmental qualities. To earn enough points to get one of the four LEED rating levels (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum) a project has to address and incorporate sustainability across several areas.LEED_Certified_Gold

But why would you want a LEED compliant restroom? If saving money to use less water and electricity is not enough for you, your sustainable building also may qualify for additional governmental  funding sources. Plus environmental stewardship also adds value to your building and increases a positive public perception. Here, at Falcon, we offer FREE turnkey water rebate services to upgrade commercial restrooms in the Southern California area- often upgrading our customers’ restrooms for little to no cost.

To earn maximum points and optimize your water efficiency, use a combination of the following:

Waterfree or Hybrid Urinals

The ultimate water efficient fixture, the waterless urinal does not require water after each use, instead it uses cartridges like our Velocity Cartridge, which effectively eliminates the mess and build up associated with older technology and competitor’s cartridges.

The Hybrid, works as a waterfree urinal on a daily basis, but it automatically flushes a full gallon of water through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours.

(Falcon Waterfree Technologies is currently running a promo to give you 4 free cartridges with each Hybrid urinal installed until December 31st, 2016. Click here to find out more information.)

Toilets

Toilets can consume around 20 gallons of water per person a day. Switch to ultra-low flush toilets, dual-flush toilets or composting toilets to reduce water consumption.

Partition/Stalls

Stalls and partitions should be made of recycled material, and have low or low-emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC), which includes both human-made and naturally occurring chemical scents or odors.

Faucets

Choose low-flow fixtures of no more than 1.5 gpm to cut water usage.

Tiles

Try to install tiles made of recycled materials to reduce landfill waste and save energy, too. Tiles from raw materials take more energy to produce!

Hand Air Dryers

Despite the fact that hand dryers require electricity, they take a less toll on the environment (trees!) than paper towels.

Want to upgrade your commercial building restroom?

Click here to unlock our latest PROMO, and get four free cartridges with installation of one of our Hybrid or Waterfree urinals.