When specifying commercial restroom fixtures, whether in new construction or renovations, project teams sometimes focus on the aesthetics of a restroom rather than the importance of hygiene for building occupants. Fortunately, both goals can be accomplished with beautiful fixtures that are sensor-operated, include antimicrobial surfaces where applicable, and offer touch-free dispensing of water, soap, dryers, and hand sanitizer. Not only do these products preserve user health, but they also help to conserve water for a more sustainable restroom design. Incorporating these features into commercial restrooms, whether in schools, offices, or airports, is particularly important now more than ever, as everyone is thinking twice about what they touch.
- Understand the importance of designing commercial restrooms to create a culture of hygiene, reduce the opportunity for user germ transmission, and benefit occupant health by reducing bacteria, multiple touch points, and cross-contamination.
- Examine best-in-class products such as soap, hand sanitizers, sensor-activated soap dispensers, faucets, and hand dryers with HEPA filters that can improve wellness and enhance the overall hygiene of commercial restrooms.
- Explore technological and sustainable advances in the commercial restroom space that can improve health and wellness.
- Describe how sustainability efforts in commercial restrooms can serve the dual purpose of improving user health and how the LEED, WELL, and Fitwel Certification tools can be leveraged to support building owners and designers in the pursuit of improved health and wellbeing.