With the population boom and significant economic growth experienced in recent years, living standards have risen. This increase is accompanied by an explosion in the use of water, which is mostly potable water. Water consumption has therefore become a major issue.
Several government and environmental organisations have committed themselves to improved water management, encouraging people to limit their consumption as much as possible.
This improved water management also concerns infrastructure.
Nowadays, many building owners look to achieve certification which verifies the environmental performance of their buildings.
Intended for accommodation, as well as buildings in the industrial and tertiary sectors, this certification can significantly increase a building's heritage value.
To do so, buildings must meet a number of criteria, including reducing their water and energy consumption. This obviously requires a suitable mixer or tap.
DELABIE is committed to the environmental approach for buildings based on the main accreditation schemes in place such as HQE, BREEAM, and LEED, etc.
For example, DELABIE has developed mixers and taps with a flow rate of 1.4 lpm to achieve the highest LEED levels (references ending in "LD").
Consumers have very little information about the water and energy saving capabilities of the tap ware.
With this in mind, new programmes have emerged.
The European Water Label, a new voluntary initiative supported by the industry, was launched in 2014. It aims to promote water-efficient appliances and provide consumers with clear information about water consumption through a system of simple and reliable labelling. The objective of this program is to set common requirements for water efficient devices in all member countries, while complying with all legal national requirements and standards. It covers a wide range of devices including shower heads, shower controls, basin taps, WCs and urinal valves, as well as flow rate regulators.
DELABIE participated in the development of this European label as part of the Unified Water Label Association. It will enter into force once it has been validated by the European Commission. Once implemented, this label could greatly contribute to the conservation of vital water resources throughout Europe.
DELABIE has developed this certification system with different labels, and in particular, WELS (Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards) in Australia and Hong-Kong, and SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization) in Saudi Arabia.