Overview Building Features Grade JK-6 Grade 7-12

Plumbing Fixtures

Water is an essential resource for every building and is increasingly becoming a more precious one.  As such, measures to reduce water use by improving the design and efficiencies of water consuming devices by manufacturers is ongoing and further supported through more restrictive codes and standards.  Typical water consuming building devices include sink faucets, showers, toilets and urinals, dishwashers and washing machines.

How it is used in the school:

Plumbing FixtureAll plumbing fixtures used in the building are high efficiency type and exceed Ontario Building Code minimum requirements.  Electronic sensors are utilised on faucets and urinals located in common washroom areas to control fixture operation cycle time.  Manual dual-flush valves are used with all water closets located in common washrooms that place the onus on the user to select a low flush cycle as required.  Additionally, all fixtures are supplied by the non-potable domestic water (rain water) system; this water source must be used up before the municipal water supply is used.  The collective benefits of these measures is estimating to reduce the total domestic water use by more than 70% compared to minimum code requirements.

Building plumbing fixture flow rates are as follows:

Water closets1.6 GPF (6 LPF)
Urinals0.13 GPF (0.5 LPF)
Faucets0.5 GPM (1.9 LPM)
Shower1.5 GPM (5.7 LPM)

Greater Essex County District School Board