Survey looks at restroom use

waterlessA May 2013 survey found that 54 percent of women, said they would use a men’s restroom if the private women’s restroom were occupied. Only 41 percent of men, however, would use a private women’s restroom if the situation were reversed.

These are two of the findings of a survey conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications, a Chicago-based marketing and communications firm, for Waterless Co., a leading manufacturer of no-water urinals. As of May 21, 2013, 106 people, mostly connected to the professional building and cleaning industries, answered all or most of the questions on the survey.

As to using a unisex restroom, where men and women share the same restroom, 64 percent of those polled said it was not an issue for them.

When asked what types of restrooms respondents would avoid using, they said:

  • Gas station restrooms, 34 percent
  • Train or bus station restrooms, 18 percent
  • Restrooms in sports centers/stadiums, 11 percent
  • Restrooms in retail stores, 2 percent
  • Airport restrooms, 2 percent
  • Movie theater restrooms, 0 percent

23 percent said they would not avoid any public restrooms anywhere, but more than 40 percent said they would avoid a busy restroom if possible.

Raising global living standards through safer sanitation

american-standardAmerican Standard, the leading toilet manufacturer in North America, has launched a campaign to increase awareness of safe sanitation practices to help protect the health of all people through well-engineered plumbing solutions. One of the ways they’re doing this is to make open latrines more sanitary. The use of open pit latrines in developing countries allows disease to spread through direct and indirect contact with human waste, resulting in upwards of 2,000 deaths per day, mainly among children.

American Standard engineers have invented SaTo (pronounced SAH-toh, derived from “Safe Toilet”), a cost-effective hygienic latrine pan that uses an ingeniously simple mechanical seal and water seal to reduce disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air. The company will donate hundreds of thousands of these pans to Bangladesh in 2013, one for each of its top-rated Champion brand toilets sold in North America.

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ASSE and ASPE agree to develop joint plumbing dictionary

ASPE-ASSEThe American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the two global leaders serving the sanitary and plumbing engineering professions,  have agreed to work together to develop a joint plumbing dictionary. The dictionary will combine the current publications issued by each organization, bringing the plumbing community one step closer to having consistent, globally accepted terminology.

ASSE President Jim Bickford stated, “Both ASSE and ASPE have a strong focus on providing technical expertise in helping to ensure that plumbing systems are designed, installed, and maintained in a manner to ensure public health and safety. We see this joint venture with ASPE as a first step in building a stronger collaboration between both our organizations.” William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, President of ASPE, notes, “ASPE is honored to join with ASSE on this important project. ASSE has had a positive impact on plumbing design and public health for over 100 years, and it is my sincere hope that ASPE, working in collaboration with ASSE on these types of projects, will further advance the entire plumbing community in providing safe and efficient plumbing systems.”

A joint committee has been formed comprising both ASSE and ASPE members, and the committee will begin its work in the very near future. It is anticipated that the finished product will be ready for release sometime in 2012.  Ronald L. George, CPD, a long-time member of both ASSE and ASPE, is the current ASSE Plumbing Dictionary editor and ASSE Nomenclature Committee chair. He will be chairing the joint ASSE/ASPE committee.

Copper Industry Launches New DIY Videos

Copper Development Assn.The “Do It Proper with Copper” video series is back with its second installment of DIY architectural and plumbing how-to videos. These short, instructional videos illustrate exactly how to use this versatile metal in plumbing, architecture and building and construction projects.

The new series covers building techniques such as: vertical lap seams, flat seams and standing seams for architectural copper systems and; bending & flaring, structural adhesives and a continuation of brazing techniques used in plumbing applications.

Each video explains which tools are needed for the application, while giving a step-by-step tutorial that is easy to understand for anyone from the average do-it-yourselfer to the seasoned professional. The videos break down the different copper methods, and make sure no small details are overlooked. For example, the standing seam video not only discusses how the seam is constructed, but also how cleats should be used to attach the sheet copper to the substrate of the roof or wall.

The Do it Proper with Copper video series is available for free download on the Copper Development Association website, and are also featured on the CDA’s YouTube channel. The CDA is the information, education, market and technical development arm of the copper, brass and bronze industries in the USA.

Uponorengineering.com: A Resource for Sustainable, Cost-effective Design

Uponor, a supplier of plumbing, fire safety and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets, recently launched www.uponorengineering.com, an online resource that provides everything an engineer needs to create sustainable, cost-effective designs for radiant heating and cooling and plumbing applications. The site includes a wealth of information, including:

  • specifications,
  • submittals,
  • AutoCAD and Revit files,
  • instructional manuals,
  • videos,
  • design guidelines,
  • case studies
  • technical support, and
  • links to industry resources.

American Standard Brands Completes Refinancing, Looks Forward to New Investment

American Standard Brands recently completed a successful refinancing through a high yield debt offering of $187.5 million in aggregate principal amount concurrent with a new $60 million asset-based lending facility. According to Don Devine, president and CEO of American Standard Brands, the re-financing increases the company’s operating and financial flexibility, enhances liquidity, and enables the company to further invest in its business.

Through a series of strategic mergers commencing in 2008, the company has created a sustainable profitable business with a stable of iconic brands such as American Standard, Jado, Porcher, Crane Plumbing, Eljer, Safety Tubs and Decorative Panels International. This allows the company to provide products for both residential and commercial project solutions at many different price points.

American Standard Brands competes in markets from economy to luxury, with specialized leadership in water efficient products and products that meet the requirements of the Buy American Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Will It Flush? Check Toilet Performance Before You Buy

American Standard Toilet ChallengeTesting a toilet’s flushing power has never been easier – or more entertaining – thanks to a free iPhone app from American Standard. Users select such fiendish flushing adversaries as golf balls, kid’s clay, cat litter, chicken nuggets, hotdogs and even bananas.

The Toilet Challenge App, now available for download from the American Standard website, serves up a video demonstrating how American Standard® toilets fair against a variety of unusual materials. This app will work on the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

The Toilet Challenge is entertaining for sure, but it isn’t all just fun and games. The results of the flushing challenges are derived from actual product tests, so users who are shopping for a toilet upgrade can simulate tests and be confident that the American Standard toilet they select will perform without the need for a plunger. It is recommended that these flushing tests NOT be performed at home.

After a toilet has proven itself in battle, users can also use the app to access product specifications and find local retailers.