AIA Survey: Architects see increased consumer demand for water saving toiletsBy
Even as architects report doing more modest kitchens and baths, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported demand for certain products had risen significantly, particularly for those that promote energy and water efficiency.
Professor Toilet thanks Supply House Times for pointing out that demand for low-flow (high efficiency) toilets showed a particularly impressive jump in demand – requested in 63% of 2009 bathroom remodels; up from 57% in 2008 according to the AIA 2009 Home Design Trends Survey.
Once viewed with skepticism, as we learned a few lessons ago in The Day Bad Flushing Began, low-flow toilets have greatly increased in popularity as homeowners become more economically and environmentally minded. Those who try out the latest models know that double-flushing is not at all necessary, and enjoy significant savings on their water bills immediately.
American Standard, for instance, recently conducted a test retrofitting of its newest low-flow toilet, the H2Option, in the Chastain Lakes neighborhood of Kennesaw, GA and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. The H2Option offers a dual-flush system that allows users to choose between a 1 gallon and a standard 1.6 gallon “turbo flush.” Chastain Lakes homeowner and real estate agent Peg Grady said she told her guests to “trust [her] on the turbo flush!” and noted that there was “no comparison” between her old traditional toilet and the H2Option. Neighbor Rene Merritt agreed, telling us she was “super satisfied by everything that has happened.”
Replacing a standard toilet with a dual flush system can save more than 29,000 gallons of water per year, which can translate to big savings on water bills. With so many new low-flow toilets available on the market, it’s no wonder that more and more consumers are embracing siphonic dual-flush toilets.