Specifiers can gain BREEAM credits by paying particular attention to the use of water in their buildings. Cistermisers Sensazone helps to fulfil the automatic sanitary water supply shut off demanded by BREEAM Wat 4. This means it can help to gain additional credits, removes the risk of significant water wastage as a result of leaks or damage and also saves costs for the end user.
Sensazone from Cistermiser is an innovative solution to washroom water wastage caused by damage, negligence or vandalism. It uses an infrared sensor to control the flow of water into any washroom with solenoid valves.
By installing the sensor near the entrance to the washroom, which is complemented by a solenoid valve at the entry point of the water supply in accordance with the pipe layout, water can be effectively controlled and water waste avoided.
Not only does Cistermisers Sensazone enable specifiers and end users of any washroom to gain additional BREEAM credits under Wat 4, it also removes the risk of water wastage, cutting down on bills and reducing environmental impact.
The system detects movement, sending a pulse to open the valve. Following a set running time of 15mins or 30mins a second pulse closes the valve. The effect is that water is only present within the supply system to the washroom for a limited period of time. This is long enough for the user to flush the WC and wash their hands. Once activated an LED indicates that water is present by flashing once every three seconds throughout the run-on duration. If further occupants are detected within the washroom during the run-on period then the timer is set to zero, to ensure adequate water supply is always present.
Cistermisers Sensazone is the ideal solution for single commercial washroom areas. It eliminates the costs and waste associated with faulty outlets or undetected vandalism in public washrooms. By controlling the amount of water used, Sensazone has the potential to save over £300 in water bills every year for just one urinal. When this saving is multiplied over several urinals and WCs, the savings can really stack up.
Vacant periods in office buildings that are shut over long weekends, schools which are closed for the holidays or even public washrooms where faults are not reported promptly present prime example risk areas for water wastage, explains Lee Thompson, Technical Manager at Cistermiser, By installing Sensazone the risk is removed because it ensures water is only present when there is a user in the washroom. This provides peace of mind for the estates manager, building owner or end client; saving utilities costs, keeping remedial works due to water damage to a minimum and helping to underpin an organisations environmental commitment.
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