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Next Generation Green Restroom Design

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Offered by McGraw Hill Construction
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Restrooms have been receiving increased attention recently in response to the need for greener and more efficient buildings, both new and existing. Architects, engineers, facility managers, and others have become increasingly engaged in the need for high performance design in restrooms which minimize energy use, reduce water consumption, and decrease waste all while controlling both initial and maintenance costs. This course will discuss how the manufacturing community has responded with a full range of new products that can be specified to achieve all of these objectives. While these products are often thought of for new construction, the latest offerings are also designed specifically for retrofit applications with integral handicapped accessibility features and compliance.


1. Recognize the general characteristics of a green restroom including the definition of the high efficiency factor in restrooms.
2. Verify the current facts about water consumption in the U.S. and assess the range of water saving products available to help reduce consumption in green restrooms.
3. Analyze the cost, energy, and environmental impacts that can be reduced by using high-speed energy efficient hand dryers instead of paper towels in both new and retrofit applications.
4. Determine the elements of green restroom design that contribute to successful outcomes in green building programs.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0