Why so many different types of taps?
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.
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.
As we make our way into 2017, many architecture practices and industry analysts are looking to the future and sharing their thoughts on the next generation of buildings and infrastructure.
Sustainability is a key theme, which is becoming apparent as firms unveil their visions. Take the ‘smog eating’ skyscraper for example . This is a vision by materials science company, Arconic, which takes us 45 years into the future, to a place where buildings are covered in a self-cleaning material that actually eats smog. This isn’t just the subject of dreams though; the materials used in this vision are either in development or have already been brought to market, making this a very real possibility.