Green your home by following our green interior design tips and advice; Final instalment – Bathrooms.
Here’s the final part in the series of elements to consider when you come to redecorate your new home. Our Sustainability Director at Charlie Laing Project Management looks at bathrooms.
In the average household, each person uses between 35-50 litres of hot water per day. Much of this consumption occurs in the bathroom, so it’s important to plan ahead to minimise waste.
Baths and showers: when replacing a bath, check how much water it holds. Volume varies and some stylised designs hold much less, yet offer a perfectly comfortable soak. To reduce water consumption, fit aerated shower-heads to all showers, and choose aerated or restricted taps. Bear in mind that not all taps are compatible with all plumbing systems, especially where there is low pressure or gravity feed tanks or combination boilers are used.
Toilets: Fit a dual flush model, or retrofit a dual flush siphon to existing cisterns. If you want to go the extra mile, consider investing in a rainwater harvesting system to supply your toilet.
Ventilation: If you’ve opted for whole-house ventilation, the demands of a bathroom will be taken into account in the design. If not, you’ll need to invest in single-room extraction. A wall-mounted heat recovery ventilation unit is a good choice. They are inexpensive and it will recover a lot of warmth from the air and vapour expelled from the bathroom, which can then be reused in your heating system. This method can also be used in a kitchen.
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