Urimat's waterless urinal gaining fans

BIG 5: An environmentally-friendly sanitation system is proving increasingly popular in the emirate, as customers look for ways to meet the green building guidelines.

More people are asking for waterless urinals
More people are asking for waterless urinals

An environmentally-friendly sanitation system is proving increasingly popular in the emirate, as customers look for ways to meet the green building guidelines that will come into force on 1 January 2008.

Urimat, which has been operating in Europe for nine years, is sensing a greater demand for its waterless urinal, which also eliminates the need for chemicals, thereby reducing pressure on resources which are being felt in the region.

"More people are asking for this because they want to meet green incentives," said Marcel Napflin, sales manager Urimat.

"As it can save 100,000 litres of water per year, it will help with the green building regulations."

As a result, the company recently started a partnership with Centaur General Trading, which is locally based.

Vidyuth Kini, Centaur General Trading explains how the ingrained perception by people is that water is directly related to cleanliness, hence the major hurdle to overcome is to encourage people to accept that a waterless unit is not unhygienic and in fact, is far more ecologically sound.

"People are used to the idea of linking hygiene and cleanliness together. We are trying to change the perception, and the new environmental regulations being brought in will certainly help with this."

Kini added that following the completion of the Big 5, the company will be looking into approaching the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) for membership.

This will have a two-fold effect of adding greater weight to the company's claim, while at the same time greater exposure to those interested in meeting the new regulations, he said.

Urimat is not just unique for its patented drain trap and microbiological cleaner. It is the only urinal with an information panel, which can be hired to advertise on, making the system popular in outlets such as McDonalds and the Movenpick chain of hotels in Europe.

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