Why so many different types of taps?
Recently we have been approached by a number of architects asking for advice on which hand dryer to use for their washroom project. Due to the number of hand dryers in the market, each with their own different features, it can be difficult to specify a dryer that meets all the needs of the client. Therefore we have collated the questions that we get asked most frequently to help you choose which dryer best suits your project.
ALAVO is the modular, touch-free, behind-mirror handwash system by Dolphin Solutions. It keeps the taps, soap dispensers and hand dryers cleverly concealed behind a back-lit mirror and above the basins - saving space, minimising water spillage and reducing queues.
The UAE currently has the fastest growing construction market in the world, with reports stating that it has overtaken the previous leader, Saudi Arabia, for the first time in over 5 years.
As we know, washrooms have a significant part to play in reducing the spread of germs in any public environment, particularly when it comes to hand washing. Research from BioCote has shown the sink as the worst culprit for levels of contamination with more than 50,000 Colony-Forming Units (CFUs) present on or around the basin at any one time. Because of their streamlined and easy to clean shape, troughs help reduce the number of spaces where germs can be harboured, improving hygiene in the washroom. Troughs are a rapidly growing trend in washhroom design, offering a more modern, stylish alternative to the standard sink.
On the 22nd March, the UN’s World Water Day is taking place, and will continue to focus on the importance of giving people the right to have access to freshwater. This year’s theme will pose the question; ‘Why waste water?” and will look at the relationship between water and wastewater in the search to improve water quality and look at treating and reusing wastewater.
Globally, over 80% of wastewater generated by society, flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Yet, 900million people still do not have access to safe water with over 663 million people live without a safe supply of water close to home.
For the 1.2 Billion people living in areas of water scarcity, where sanitation is poor and infrastructure is inadequate, a good option is to consider water waste as a solution rather than a problem.
Recent research has revealed that 46% of people still go into work despite being ill. It was also found that 87% of employees blame their workplace for making them ill. Effective handwashing is essential in office environments to help combat sickness, in addition to healthcare establishments, schools and restaurants. In fact, handwashing is essential wherever you are.
To highlight the importance of handwashing, the UN’s 2016 Global Handwashing Day takes place on 15th October. This year’s theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” with the aim of fostering a global and local culture of handwashing with soap, whilst also raising awareness of the benefits.
The average person's hands carry at least 3,000 different bacteria. You may also be surprised to find that research carried out by hygiene experts from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), identified that faecal bacteria is present on many everyday objects including 14% of banknotes and 10% of credit cards.
Germs can enter the body in many ways including through our eyes, nose, mouth, and via the food we eat. Soap is essential during the handwashing process as it can help to banish much of this bacteria from our hands.