WHEN EFFICIENCY MEETS AESTHETICS
Architect and Interiors India|March 2021
WITH WATER SCARCITY LOOMING LARGER THAN EVER BEFORE, TODAY’S PRODUCT LINES IN THE FAUCET INDUSTRY ARE EXPECTED TO GO BEYOND THEIR BASIC FUNCTIONALITY AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS
Contemporary, serene, decked with clean lines, uncluttered spaces and modern design – bathrooms today are all of this and so much more. It’s a space that has progressed over the years, leading to cutting-edge design for everything – from redefining wellness to creating an aura of experience. And one of the most salient elements that are crucial to any bathroom design is faucets. The material and appearance of a faucet have a huge influence on the other design elements like the colour pattern and small details like door handles, the vanity and the toilet. “Used daily and by every member of the family, the bathroom deserves just as much attention as any other room. Small things can make a huge difference, which is why it’s important to carefully consider the design of faucets you opt for,” avers Serhan Ates Yagiz, country manager, India, VitrA.

There are many design options for a faucet available with retailers and manufacturers alike. But the most important aspect that underlines the selection of a faucet, today, is its water-saving capacity.

EFFICIENCY MATTERS

With water scarcity looming larger than ever before, it is just a matter of time before water-saving fixtures will be made mandatory across all new constructions. There is little doubt that with emerging technologies in water-efficient fixtures, one can reduce daily water use considerably and conserve large volumes of water.

“As the trend for modern and technologically advanced bathrooms is evolving further, all of the latest innovations like sensor-based flush plates, sensor faucets, smart showers, thermostatic faucets, smart toilets, etc, are quickly becoming popular, even for households. Today’s modern washrooms are expected to go beyond their basic functionality and provide additional features and solutions which can keep up with the rapid technological advancement that is taking place,” explains KE Ranganathan, managing director, Roca Bathroom Products.

Today, consumers prefer technologically advanced products to their traditional counterparts not only for the ease-of-operation but also for their energy and water-saving properties. Society as a whole is getting more conscious of the ecology and wants to contribute towards sustainable development. Water being a precious resource water-saving faucet, low-flow showers, Eco features, etc are the kind of technological advancement witnessed in the bath fixtures segment.

Technologically advanced products like smart toilets, dual-flush toilets, flush-free urinals, cold start faucets and electronic faucets have been effective in conserving water usage, energy and simultaneously enriching the well-being of an individual. For commercial spaces especially, water wastage is expected as it is frequented by multiple users. For such spaces, we have come up with sensor-equipped products like flush-free urinals, smart toilets, touchless flush plates and electronic faucets with the ultimate goal of creating a cleaner germ-free environment while creating sustainable solutions.

Ranganathan further adds that: “As technology at home is a partner for hygiene and health, we have seen a significant shift in demand for energy-efficient and water-saving fixtures among customers as they are becoming considerate about water usage. Furthermore, the pandemic has led to increased acceptance towards innovative and smart technologies irrespective of a small or a big-sized washroom. Consumers are looking up for products that effectively prevent germ buildup such as touchless solutions that minimize the human touch and are equipped with sensor technology.”

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