Product Detail

Duravit – Architec and DuraStyle Dry Urinal, High Efficiency Toilet Ranges

OVERVIEW

High efficiency toilet ranges and urinals suitable for residential and commercial applications.

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

Architec and DuraStyle Dry Urinal Available with or without cover

High Efficiency Toilets range:

Wall mounted

Floor mounted

Colours

Ceramic white

Warranty

5 years

Expected Life

15-25 years

Indicative Costs

Contact suppliers through ‘supplier details’ section

Purchase Options

Contact suppliers through ‘supplier details’ section

Constituents

Ceramic Matrix consists of:

  • Clay ~ 25%
  • Kaolin ~ 35%
  • Quartz ~ 10%
  • Feldspar ~ 30%

Air trap unit (Architec Dry)/ Flushing mechanism (HET) consists of:

  • Recyclable thermoplastic (unable to obtain exact percentage)

Technical Specifications

Architec Dry Urinal:

Click here for Architec Dry Urinal

Click here for DuraStyle Urinal Dry

High Efficiency Toilet ranges:

Click here for D-Code

Click here for Starck 3 Compact Wall Mounted

Click here for Starck 3 Close Couple

Click here for Starck 3 Wall Mounted

Click here for Darling New

Click here for Vero Wall Mounted

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National & International Standards

-     EPD: Duravit AG (in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN15804)

-     LEED Declaration category: water efficiency (WE)

-     ISO 14001

-     ISO 9001:2015

-     ISO 50001

Country of Origin

Germany, France and Egypt

Projects

  • Lakeside Office Park
  • No 1 Silos Cape Town
  • Eastgate
  • Victoria Falls
  • Foschini Group
  • Hyde Park Shopping Centre
  • Basil Read Head Quarters

Preparation

Unit needs to be connected to a drainage system. Installation instructions can be downloaded from the Duravit website.

 

ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

The easy maintenance features, resistance to extreme temperatures and odors of the product means that building owners and managers can reduce effort and/or expenditures on cleaning, replacement and repair.

Ceramic as a material is hygienic and durable which contributes to better indoor and environment quality.

The glaze of HET range is scratch-proof, non-fade and non-aging and resistant against acids and solvents.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

Product has a rubber compound membrane diaphragm (the air trap unit) that allows urine to pass into the siphon and then closes effectively to seal off odours and prevent unpleasant smells, which contributes to better indoor air quality.

Comfort

Not Applicable.

Indoor Environment Quality

Product is made from sustainable ceramic matrix which is easy to maintain and hygienic. This feature, along with the rubber compound membrane diaphragm (Architec Dry), prevents odours from coming through, thus contributing to improved indoor environment quality.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not Applicable.

Safety

Not Applicable.

Accessibility

Not Applicable.

 

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial

Emissions – The mining and processing of minerals (quartz, clay) can produce emissions to land from surface impoundments of liquids, solids, slurries and from storage facilities.

Physical – Physical terrestrial impacts from the process of extracting minerals (clay) result in the removal and stockpiling of topsoil and sub-soil, and from removing overburden and inter-burden, resulting in modified soil profiles, topography and drainage.

Aquatic

Emissions –There are no known toxics emitted by this product that will impact aquatic and marine ecosystems except those emitted by energy generation.

Physical – Mineral extraction of silica (quartz), via sand mining, is common in marine environments such as lakes and coastal areas and will have localised disruptive impacts to ecosystems caused by mining processes.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse gas (GHG) – Product’s high greenhouse intensity is due to the fact it is a fired ceramic and its mass, however it is highly durable under normal operating conditions and is both reusable and recyclable offsetting some of its green house impacts over time

Greenhouse intensity Greenhouse intensity varies depending on the weight of the product.

Greenhouse intensity for Architec Dry: 33.49 kgCO2 / per product

Greenhouse intensity for HET: 22.22 – 46.69 kgCO2 / per product (excluding accessories)


Transport intensity Product is manufactured in Germany (Hornberg and Meissen), France (Bischwiller) and Egypt and then transported to the shipping ports by trucks. GHG intensities for shipping product are shown below

  • Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of Architec Dry is 1.95 – 2.95 kgCO2e / product
  • Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of HET is 1.30 – 4.12 kgCO2e / product

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069kgCO2e / kg.km

 

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiencyNot applicable

Re-use EfficiencyProduct is both reusable and recyclable.

Toxics and PollutantsQuartz dust is collected and controlled during the production stage.  There are no toxic or chemical pollutants from this product once in use.

Ozone DepletionNot applicable.

Urban Heat Island EffectsNot applicable.

Noise Not applicable.

Biodiversity

Quartz and clay are extracted through sand mining or open cut mining of hydrothermal veins and pegmatites. These activities are characterised as high biodiversity impact processes in local areas. Mining leads to loss of biodiversity, modified soil/sand profiles, topography and drainage, which additionally impacts natural vegetation and surrounding biodiversity.

 

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Clay and kaolin are mineral compounds resulting from the disintegration of granite, and these are the key components of sanitary ceramic. Granite and its weathered products are abundant in nature and although technically they are non-renewable resources, they are resources that are so plentiful they would be impossible to extinguish.

Packaging for Duravit products consists of 60% recycled paper and can itself be fully recycled.Wherever possible, Duravit packaging is slotted together and only glued in areas subject to particularly high loads that require additional support. Pallets can be loaded with different pack sizes to avoid wasting any valuable space during transport. The production of sanitary ceramics generates a great amount of heat, particularly in the kilns and drying rooms. At the sites in Germany (Hornberg and Meissen) and France (Bischwiller), the energy obtained from the surplus heat is returned directly to production.

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

Embodied energy for Architec Dry: 603 MJ / per product

Embodied energy for HET: 400-841 MJ / per product (excluding accessories)

Product is manufactured in Germany (Hornberg and Meissen), France (Bischwiller) and Egypt and then transported to the shipping port by trucks. Energy intensities for shipping product are shown below.
Shipping ports from Europe are Antwerp (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). Shipping ports from Egypt are Alexandria and Port Said. Destination port is Durban, South Africa.

  • Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of Architec Dry is 23.96 – 36.25 MJ / product
  • Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of HET is 15.90 – 50.54 MJ / product

Embodied Water

Architec Dry waterless urinal requires no water to function. HET toilets use dual flush options to flush either 3 or 4.5L per flush.

Approximately 45% of fresh water is required in the overall production of Duravit sanitaryware due to wastewater recycling treatment plant in Hornberg, Germany.

In manufacturing plant in Meissen, Germany water recycling process has reduced fresh water requirement by approximately 5500m3.

Durability

Expected life span of the product is 15-25 years.

Reusability

Product has the possibility to be re-installed.

Repairability

Ceramic is repairable to some extent with epoxy fillers.

Design for Dematerialisation

The need to replace of dispose of the product is minimised due to durability and resistance of ceramic as a material.

Design for Disassembly

Not required as it consist of one solid ceramic body.

Recyclability

Sanitary ceramic can be recycled and used as a wear-resistant material in road construction and some materials can also be re-used at Duravit for further production.

Maintenance

HET Maintenance:

Limestone can be removed with acid detergent (pH-value 1-4), e.g. vinegar-based cleaner. A higher water hardness value requires a higher dosage of detergent.

Architec Dry Maintenance:

Product is to be cleaned daily with 30ml Duravit Blue cleaning liquid and then wiped down with a clean cloth.

Once a month or after approximately 7500 uses, the Air Trap Unit is removed and replaced with a new unit.

Product Takeback Scheme

No formal scheme; however, should the product become faulty in the 5-year warranty period, Duravit will exchange the product at no charge to the customer. Physical damages to items are excluded from the warranty.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No.

 

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

Yes.

  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • EPD (environmental product declaration in accordance with ISO 14025)
  • The WaterSense label which recognizes products with particularly efficient water consumption and applies exclusively in the US American market. A large number of Duravit’s toilets and urinals have been awarded this label and thus carry the distinction HET (high efficiency toilet) and HEU (high efficiency urinal) respectively.

Convictions

No. 

Environmental Policy

Duravit Sustainability Report[L2] 

Social Enhancement Programs

  • Duravit Memorial Forest: Duravit is not only committed to nature, sustainability and social affairs in its native Black Forest but also in other parts of the globe. In 2010, it purchased 3,500 square meters of land in Tuzla, Turkey, and planted 500 pine trees there, which are now actively producing fresh air. The new plantation was named the “Duravit Memorial Forest”.
  • Habitat for Humanity: In the USA, Duravit supports the “Habitat for Humanity” social program, which helps socially disadvantaged families to help themselves. The families are selected irrespective of religion, gender or health; rather, the key factors are their level of need, their willingness to participate and help their neighbourhood, as well as the ability to repay an interest-free loan in the long-term and to maintain their home. Thanks to material donations and the voluntary work of some employees, Duravit has enabled the construction of houses for four families.
  • La casa dels Xuklis: This establishment for children suffering from cancer who come from socially disadvantaged families is based in Barcelona and is financed by altruistic donations from public institutions, companies and citizens. Children and their caregivers can stay here free of charge for the duration of the therapy. The building was constructed according to bioclimatic criteria and uses renewable energies. Duravit donated the entire sanitary ceramics for the property, comprising 25 apartments and communal facilities.

Technology Transfer Programs

No.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Yes ISO 14001.

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

Information last verified on 8th November 2018

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Standard sanitaryware.

 

RELATED TOPICS

Sanitary systems, Urinal, toilets, design, water consumption, water savings, Duravit, sanitaryware, ceramic, durable, warranty, bathroom, toilet, urinal, HET, High Efficiency Toilet, Architec Dry, sanitary products, recyclable, reusability

y, sanitary products, recyclable, reusability

sustainability criteria satisfied

Other Vital Signs

Expert Assessment

Environmental Product Declaration

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Corporate Responsibility

Social/environmental enhancement programs

Certified EMS

Resource Depletion

Eco packaging

Abundant

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Improved indoor environment

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle