Setting the standard for the future of sustainability
By Mark Lawinger
Bank of America Tower in Houston serves as benchmark for new LEED v4 designation.
Sloan’s Reclaimed Flushometers are specially designed to withstand the higher chemical concentrations and harsh conditions of non-potable water —all while saving thousands of gallons of water.
Opened in June 2019, the Bank of America Tower’s 35-story office and retail structure is not only a LEED platinum building, but also was one of the three facilities across the entire country to serve as the benchmark for the new LEED v4 designation.
Representing a shift toward a newer, greener Houston, the building is dotted with sustainable features at every turn. Its Skypark Green Roof overlooks the city skyline and provides tenants with a peaceful space, while the 10-foot floor-to-ceiling glass windows are equipped with low solar heat-gain coefficients and the elevators also utilize regenerative energy.
The restrooms in Bank of America Tower are no exception. Sloan’s Royal Reclaimed Flushometers are yet another example of the building’s commitment to sustainability. Not only do these reclaimed flushometers recycle non-potable water — such as stormwater and rain water — but they also help the facility reduce its water bills by up to 80% when compared to standard restroom products.
Urinals throughout Bank of America Tower were outfitted with Sloan Royal 186 RW Flushometers. The upgrade safeguards each urinal from the ill effects of reclaimed water such as dezincification, which can cause mechanical weakness. Critical flushometer elements, such as the cover, valve body, control stop and sweat solder kit are made of semi-red brass, an important contrast to a yellow brass flushometer, to prevent dezincification and extend the longevity of these flushometers for years to come.
Sloan Royal 111 RW-1.28 gpf flushometers were specified throughout the building on all water closets. Sloan’s reclaimed flushometers are specially designed to withstand the higher chemical concentrations and harsh conditions of non-potable water — all while saving thousands of gallons of water. Each one of Bank of America Tower’s tenants are like-minded in their sustainability efforts and welcomed the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.
The water conservation elements of Sloan’s reclaimed flushometers are matched by their product transparency. Each of the specified products came equipped with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that communicate exactly how much of the flushometer’s composition impacts the environment across its lifecycle. This was an important factor during the specification process, as the product’s environmental data was in line with various other products throughout the building.
Mark Lawinger is Sloan’s senior product line manager for flushometers and fixtures. He works to ensure Sloan products work in unison with restroom design vision and provide an optimal user experience. He can be reached at email@example.com.