Think about the last commercial restroom you visited. What words come to mind? Clean or dirty? Modern or outdated? Energy-efficient or wasteful? And, for better or worse, what do your answers seem to say about the facility itself? As someone who has a hand in green building, you know that a commercial restroom is a direct reflection on the establishment that houses it. And as manufacturers of the number-one specified hand dryers in the world, we’re pleased to announce our latest continuing education course—one that can help you ensure that safety, sustainability and savings are always built in.
What You’ll Learn
Approved for continuing education hours with AIA, GBCI and IDCEC, Commercial Restroom Design to Promote Safety, Sustainability and Savings will help you consider what it takes to design healthy, environmentally sound restrooms without breaking the bank. As always, we start with the why: Why should an architect, contractor or building manager be so concerned with restrooms? Believe it or not, these small, tucked-away areas—taking up a typical 5% of total square footage—account for 40% of a building’s total soil level, 50% of its occupant complaints and 20% of its labor budget. And with those sobering stats, let’s take a peek inside the three S’s of restroom design.
Safety: Supporting Occupant Health and Well-Being
Per OSHA, employers must provide all workers with sanitary and immediately available toilet facilities. That, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg; there are visitors, guests and customers to consider as well, and their experience (especially now) can mean everything. Learn ways to protect all who enter by:
- Reducing touch points with an integrated sink system, featuring hygienic, sensor-activated fixtures
- Choosing hand dryers equipped with HEPA filtration, proven to remove 999% of viruses from the airstream
- Prioritizing ventilation to reduce viral particle concentration
Measures like these can help facilities earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating, which serves as a visible indication of confidence and trust.
Sustainability: On Energy, Water and Waste
In many commercial facilities, restrooms are the places where energy, water and waste flow most freely—though it certainly doesn’t happen for free. This informative CEU explores the importance of embracing sustainable practices, offering key strategies for:
- Reducing water use—such as replacing or retrofitting fixtures and using alternate water sources
- Reducing energy use—such as installing LED lights and high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers
- Increasing sustainable material use
- Improving indoor air quality
You’ll also learn the latest on LEED certification standards and TRUE Zero Waste, a program that helps facilities define, pursue and achieve their sustainability goals.
Savings: How to Spec for Less
Like health and safety, sustainability and savings go hand in hand; the measures you take to reduce your carbon footprint are also likely to cut your costs. This course will reveal some of the most insidious expenses in areas such as utilities, materials and maintenance, and help you recognize some sustainably simple opportunities for huge savings.
Here to Help You Excel
Excel Dryer is committed to helping anyone involved in building design, construction or management to expand their knowledge and achieve valuable industry certifications. Contact us to learn more about our latest CEU or any of our research-based, industry-approved educational programs. Wherever you are on your professional journey, take it from us—there’s always room to grow greener.