When it comes to the water efficiency of sanitary products, it is not easy for specifiers to measure. For this reason, Geberit has teamed up with the European umbrella organisation of the sanitary valve industry (EUnited) to develop a classification system that provides instant information on the water efficiency of its products, with five products already tested receiving an A rating.
Called WELL, which stands for Water Efficiency Label, the classification system is similar to the labelling scheme for measuring the energy efficiency of electrical appliances, so as to serve as the basis for an international standard.
With toilet flush systems and urinals being among the product categories rated for water consumption, hygiene and number of flushing programmes, Geberit intends to have all of its products which are relevant for European markets classified according to the WELL system.
The WELL classification system is based on a scale which ranges from A to D for products designed for private facilities. Products for use in public facilities are assessed on the basis of additional criteria, and with the scale ranging from A to F. To qualify for an A rating a product for private use must be awarded four stars, and a product for public facilities six stars.
For use in public facilities, Geberits Sigma concealed cistern 12 cm (UP320) with touchless dual flush (Mambo), Electronic urinal flush control and touchless washbasin taps have all been A rated for water efficiency.
Various label sizes have been developed so that the WELL label can be reproduced in Geberits product catalogues, as well as on packaging and the internet, making it simple for installers to choose the most water efficient sanitary solutions at a glance.