Designing restrooms for sustainable operation requires unique strategies beyond those typically associated with green building. This course does not discuss the details of LEED certification or environmentally responsible materials and related documentation. Instead, the focus of this course will be to educate architects and designers on operational approaches that encourage sustainable restroom project design.

Thoughtful product specification considers energy costs, battery usage, waste, and usage of consumables that in turn allow the architect or designer the opportunity to educate the client on the benefits and incentives that sustainable design creates for both building owners and occupants. While architects and building designers who specify sustainable design products must take into consideration the economical investment necessary from the client, specifying for sustainable operation allows a restroom to operate both sustainably and cost-effectively while retaining the architect’s aesthetic vision.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the benefits and incentives applicable to building owners and occupants when specifying restroom projects that use sustainable design practices.
  • Explore common sources of costly, non-sustainable restroom operation and green building solutions that improve the financial impact, as well as the occupancy experience.
  • Analyze the relationship between sustainable operation and the preservation of the designer’s aesthetic vision.
  • Identify opportunities to educate clients on the benefits of sustainable restroom design options.

Pre-Requisite: Knowledge of sustainability, LEED, and best practices for green building.