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Restroom Accessories

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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

Restroom accessories are the non-fixture hardware components of the restroom. Focus on green materials and their placement. Toilet partitions can be wall- or ceiling-mounted. Hand-drying accessories may include manual and automated paper dispensers as well as hand dryers.

Toilet Partitions

Toilet partitions can be floor-mounted, wall-mounted, or ceiling-mounted for ease of cleaning. Floor mounted toilet partitions are structurally supported at the base by the floor and are easier to install. Toilet partitions are manufactured from a wide variety of materials including metal, plastic, phenolic, and bio-based. Look for products that are easy to clean, moisture resistant, and that are manufactured locally with recycled content or from rapidly renewable materials.

Toilet / Shower Accessories

Toilet and shower accessories include soap dispensers, soap dishes, hand dryers, paper towel dispensers, trash cans, etc. These items may contain recycled content if they are made of metal or plastic. Hand dryers allow for drying without using paper products which reduces waste. Although automated paper towel dispensers typically use non-rechargeable batteries, they can also reduce waste by controlling the amount of paper dispensed.

Hand Drying

Paper towel dispensers or hand dryers are commonly used in restrooms for hand drying. Hand dryers help save resources, but use more energy on site so consider models that are highly energy efficient. Paper towel dispensers should be manufactured with recycled content, and the paper towels themselves should be 100% recycled and unbleached to minimize their negative impact. 

Green Tips

  • Use accessories that contain recycled material, are manufactured locally, and are easy to maintain.
  • Consider installing lockers for employees that commute by bicycle.
  • Consider using high efficiency hand dryers to eliminate the need for paper towels. If paper towels are used, use un-bleached towels that are made from 100% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Select toilet room partitions that are highly durable and water resistant.

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Federal Requirements

Guiding Principles

  • Recycled Content ( Guiding Principles, Executive Order 13693 [EB, NC])
    Section: V. Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials

    Per Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), for EPA-designated products, specify products meeting or exceeding EPA's recycled content recommendations. For other products, specify materials with recycled content when practicable. If EPA-designated products meet performance requirements and are available at a reasonable cost, a preference for purchasing them shall be included in all solicitations relevant to construction, operation, maintenance of or use in the building. EPA's recycled content product designations and recycled content recommendations are available on EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guideline website.

  • Material Content and Performance ( Guiding Principles, Executive Order <span>13693</span>&nbsp;[EB])
    Section: V. Reduce the Environmental Impact of Materials

    From the Guiding Principles for EB: Procure construction materials, products, and supplies that have a “lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their life cycle when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose”, including:
    (i) “Use Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) section 6002 compliant products that meet or exceed EPA’s recycled content recommendations for building construction, modifications, operations, and maintenance.”
    (ii) “Per section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA), for USDA-designated products, use products with the highest content level per USDA’s biobased content recommendations.”
    (iii) “Purchase products that meet Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation.”
    (iv) Eliminate, to the maximum extent practicable, “ozone depleting compounds and high global warming potential (GWP) chemicals where EPA’s SNAP has identified acceptable substitutes or where other environmentally preferable products are available” during construction, repair, or replacement at the end of life.
    Determining Compliance: “Procure products that meet the following requirements where applicable: (A) RCRA section 6002, and (B) FSRIA section 9002, and (C) Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation for other green products, as appropriate, and (D) Avoid ozone depleting compounds and high GWP chemicals.”