Labelling scheme supports Water saving week
Water is one of the most undervalued natural commodities in the country. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is leading an initiative to raise awareness of those water efficient bathroom products which are the very best in reducing the consumption of water in homes and public buildings. The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme supports Water Saving Week – 12 to 18 June 2010 - and is pushing forward the sustainability agenda in the water sector.
WEPLS is a voluntary online database of almost 1000, independently tested, bathroom products which fulfil strict water efficiency requirements.
Qualifying products are listed in the easily accessible web-based lists. T he innovative scheme currently covers seven categories which include WCs, showers, baths and taps and water recycling products.
V isitors to the WEPLS website can search through the database which gives the potential purchaser sufficient product detail to make an informed and intelligent choice They may then create a shopping list of product and go on to look for their local stockist.
Downloadable fact sheets and an on-line water consumption calculator (planned to be completely functional in May 2010) enhance the scheme’s usability. Links to manufacturers’ websites, scheme partners and government sites add to the knowledge base which the website creates.
Good clear reliable product labelling is the cornerstone of water efficiency. The key to WEPLS is therefore the product label itself which is similar in design to the familiar energy label found on white goods. It clearly shows the volume of water that a particular product will consume if installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It lists the category of product, the type of measurement, performance bands and the actual capacity/performance of the product.
Consumers and professionals have more choice than ever before and those who are eco-aware focus their attention on those goods with the best ratings.
Architects search the database to select products which help them meet the requirements of The Code for Sustainable Homes and the Building Regulations Approved Document G. Architects in both the private and public sectors find WEPLS invaluable.
House builders aiming for a level 3 or 4 Code Home can find bathroom products which will go a long way in helping them meet the required specifications. They can also find products in the database which help them satisfy building inspectors looking for conformance with Part G of the Building Regulations.
Bathroom product manufactures have used the database to compare their own product with those of their competitors. This has led to some vigorous competition and a race to bring super-water-efficient products to market. The scheme encourages bathroom designers to create water and energy efficient products.
Consumers have a better choice than ever before. The information presented to them in the database, the label, PR and POS materials empowers them to make an informed choice
The scheme is now recognised by government departments (DEFRA, CLG and the Environment Agency) NGOs, The Energy Saving Trust, Waterwise, CC Water, major DIY stores and builders merchants.
The bathroom industry, through the BMA’s Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme, is playing its part in actively encouraging water efficiency. The labelling scheme database and the efficiency rating labels are important elements in the development of products which save water, save energy, save money and help everyone go green.
For further information: 01782 747123 or www.bathroom-association.org