How bathrooms are helping hotels go green

This is part two in a series on bathroom design in hotels. Click here for part one: Bathroom design: Tubs vs. showers.

With increasing pressure to achieve LEED status or otherwise demonstrate improved sustainability, hotels are making changes to their bathrooms to improve their environmental numbers.

“Today, the design community has so many options for designing green,” Adam Rabinowitz, national sales manager for projects at Dornbracht Americas, said. “Design today does not have to be limited due to environmental restrictions as it has in the past. Designers are also getting creative in using more sustainable products in a room.” 

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Innvision Senior Design Manager Renee Rudder noted several common features of green-friendly bathrooms, including LED lighting, WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures and low-VOC paints and wallcoverings.

“The key for the hotel guest is that the low-flow showerheads continue to provide the necessary water pressure for an enjoyable shower experience,” she said. “While many manufacturers have advanced in this, there still remains room for improvement.” 

However, Chris Robinson, senior commercial sales manager for Delta Faucet, noted that he still fields plenty of questions about those low-flow showerheads from hoteliers. But in many cases, he said, when hoteliers want a specific showerhead, they are interested in form over function.

“That’s why it’s important to experience the showerhead for yourself and know which one will meet your low-flow requirements but give your guest the best showering experience,” Robinson said. “We are consistently promoting and giving away our showerhead to owners, designers and specifiers, for them to try for themselves and actually experience first-hand how our 1.5 shower feels like a 2.0 shower or our 2.0 shower feels just like a 2.5 shower without losing the pressure to remove shampoo and soap or the loss of warmth."