Specifying school washrooms – A complete solution

With time constraints, budget considerations, sustainability targets and the practicality of the end product all high on the agenda when it comes to today’s school building projects, anything that eases these burdens is key to specifiers and installers. 

Purdie Proudman, Channel Marketing Manager at Geberit explores the benefits of having access to a one-stop piping and sanitary solution, with the latest energy efficient, robust and easy-to-install products for educational estates. 

A complete solution

For good reason, schools, colleges and universities have specific demands when it comes to washroom specification. Not only are there stringent guidelines to hit, but specifiers have a duty to design washrooms that have a positive effect on the health, happiness and education of all students.

it’s therefore recommended to approach reputable manufacturers who have a unique knowledge and understanding of the education sector. Working with those who understand what works in an academic context ensures the specifier will receive fully tailored technical back-up, ensuring the projects runs smoothly. 

Ceramic options 

A key element of the washroom, and one which can transform the efficiency of a school building is the ceramics. Select products which contribute to the overall BREEAM rating, taking into account solutions that improve energy and water use. For example, Twyford dual flush systems for toilets and push button action taps provide a simple way to reduce water consumption and make better use of school budgets. 

Of course, functionality is also an important factor. Consider washbasins which are designed with younger users in mind. For example, the Twyford Sola Washbasin provides superior strength and longevity through deep side walls, while also bringing greater hygiene through enclosed fixings. For younger students, the semi-recessed basins feature short projections placing everything within easy reach.

Undoubtedly there is a lot to consider when choosing the right toilet for an educational facility. Consider rimless pans that offer improved hygiene and easier cleaning; key for high volume areas where student health and safety is paramount. The open fronted Twyford variety have been designed for younger children in mind, ideal for nursery and early years’ pupils.

Space saving frames

With Geberit Duofix behind the wall frame technology and Twyford wall-hung sanitaryware, space-saving in the school washroom has never been easier. The combination of the two products allows pipework and cisterns to be neatly concealed behind the wall, saving space and cutting maintenance and cleaning time too. With only four fixing points, the system is quick and easy to install, minimising downtime even further.

Pipework requirements

Whether its drinking water, heating or gas for science labs, educational specifiers should consider much faster and safer alternatives to using conventional screwed and soldered pipework connection methods.

Take Geberit Mapress for example, a high-quality, reliable and specialist press-fit supply pipework system that requires no hot works and is installed in six simple steps. Installers are simply required to cut and deburr the pipe, mark the insertion depth, prepare the fitting, insert the pipe into the fitting then press and remove the pressing indicator.

What’s more, the specifier and school authorities can be secure in the knowledge that the sealed pipework will have the full weight of the reputable Geberit brand behind it.

To download the Everything Education brochure, visit: https://www.twyfordbathrooms.com/planning-your-bathroom/brochures/ 

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