As we look for ways to save increasingly finite resources, build more sustainable structures, and design hygienic and safe environments, will vacuum toilets become more prominent in the built environment?
Vacuum toilets are not new. They have been around since the 1950s in the aeronautical and marine industries, but the features and benefits of vacuum plumbing are starting to be realized in healthcare facilities.
“Vacuum draining is a great solution for the hospital and medical areas. The negative pressure in a bathroom when toilets and other fixtures are used will reduce the contaminants and airborne particles, creating more sanitary environments when vacuums are used.”Chris Mason, Senior Hydraulic Consultant.
Read on about the benefits of vacuum toilets and plumbing and why you should incorporate it into your project:
The vacuum toilet draws in air when in use, reducing any splash from the bowl and preventing the spread of bacteria. There is also a reduced risk of blockages and seepage from pipes, creating a safer healthcare environment.
Maintenance can be completed without impacting on the operation of other hospital floors, reducing costs and disruption
Vacuum toilet drainage does not require large pipe size work with large graded pipe in ceilings or inground so they can be installed on a wide variety of sites, including ones with shallow trenching, water table issues and compromised soil or tight ceiling spaces area. They can also be installed without disrupting other floors in the hospital laboratories, keeping essential health facilities open.
The plumbing can be easily incorporated into existing buildings – without disrupting existing floors above and below. The pipes required for vacuum plumbing solutions can be installed in spaces which traditional water plumbing systems cannot. This allows existing buildings to be converted into healthcare facilities with ease.
The average dual flush toilet uses between 3-5 liters, per flush. Vacuum toilets use between 1-1.5 liters of water per flush, saving over 2 liters every single time they are used. The water saving across a large public space, such as a hospital would be significant for both economic and environmental factors.
Time will tell if vacuum plumbing takes off in healthcare, but Integral Group are excited for the possibilities.
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