If you’re like many architects, designers and engineers, you have kids (or grandkids) in school. Maybe it hasn’t been so long since you were a student yourself. But have you ever given much thought to the decisions behind the flushometers, toilets, urinals, sinks and faucets in those school bathrooms?
Sloan’s latest continuing education course, “Specifying Plumbing Fixtures for K-12 and Higher Education Facilities,” will help you explore:
- Factors that influence commercial restroom design
- The specification process
- Product preferences for new construction vs. retrofits
- ADA compliance
- Water conservation and sustainability efforts
You can take this course online for AIA, GBCI (LEED), IDCEC and ASPE continuing education credits (CEUs). Or better yet, host a “lunch-n-learn” at your workplace starting in May. Our certified instructors lead the session and answer all your questions. They even bring the food!
High-traffic sustainability “labs”
Every school building from kindergarten to college features several high-traffic commercial restrooms, experiencing hundreds of visits a day. And each of these bathrooms is like a mini-laboratory in durability, hygiene, accessibility and sustainability.
- Durability. Can your faucets stand up to rowdy middle-schoolers? Can your toilets avoid clogs? And should you specify diaphragm or piston flushometers?
- Hygiene. Kids spread germs. How can sensor-activated, hands-free fixtures (flushometers, faucets, soap dispensers and hand dryers) keep more students healthier?
- Accessibility. Most architects know how to design for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. But how do you accommodate the difference between tiny first-graders and towering sixth-graders?
- Sustainability. Saving water—and promoting sustainability in general—is a great lesson for kids at any level. It also impacts school administrators’ biggest concern: their budgets.
Our new CEU course will help you navigate the choices you’ll face in designing your next school bathroom to meet these challenges.
Water savings for cost manageability
Most school districts have very limited budgets and resources, so it’s not surprising that they often pursue the lowest-cost alternatives when building a new school or renovating an existing school. That often means architects are forced to specify low-tech manual plumbing fixtures.
Lower long-term costs, however, can offset a higher initial investment. With the cost of water rising faster than any other utility service, this CEU course will show you how to achieve the long-term benefits of water-saving bathroom fixtures:
- Sensor faucets can use as much as 40% less water—and they inhibit the spread of germs.
- Waterfree urinals and hybrid urinals require no water for flushing and very little to maintain, yet they remain clean and odorless.
- High-efficiency flushometers save water with every flush, and the dual-flush UPPERCUT® even helps kids learn how to conserve water by pulling up for liquid waste and pushing down for solid waste.
Sloan is uniquely qualified to help you learn about water sustainability while you upgrade your accreditations. We’ve been practicing water conservation since the 1906 invention of the Royal® Flushometer.
Sloan CEU courses
So far in 2018, more than 1,000 people have taken our online courses, and we’ve conducted 76 “lunch-n-learn” courses.
Upgrade your knowledge and get the CEUs you need. Schedule “Specifying Plumbing Fixtures for K-12 and Higher Education Facilities”—or any of our other 45-minute in-person “lunch-n-learn” courses—at your organization. Contact Sloan at CEU@sloan.com
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