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Omega concealed cistern with actuator plate.

Omega concealed cistern with actuator plate.

Geberit hidden cistern a sustainable solution

June 2014

True to its standing among the top 100 most sustainable corporations in the world, leading European manufacturer of sanitary technology Geberit focuses on the development and manufacture of environment-friendly products that reduce water and energy consumption.

The company leads the way in providing perfect water solutions with reduced consumption, and energy-saving, low-noise and durable products, which enable flexible constructions and correspond to sustainable building standards thus reducing the carbon footprint in manufacturing without compromising on design quality, says a spokesman for the Switzerland-headquartered company.

“The reduction of water consumption is always a main focus during the product design phase and the trend towards more comfortable bathrooms places new demands on sanitary technology,” he says.

Meeting these demands and the needs of installers and designers, Geberit has launched its new wall-hung Omega concealed cistern. The cistern integrates into the Geberit Duofix framing system, with an innovative tool-free installation to keep fitting time and disruption to a minimum.

The Geberit Omega concealed cistern comes with its own range of flush plates, available in a range of designs and finishes which, despite their compact size, also offer tool-free installation.

“For designers, Omega provides a perfect solution for installing the WC (water closet) in tight spaces as it can be installed at a choice of three heights with the option of top or front actuation. This flexible solution enables designers to be creative while taking care of the practicalities of opting for wall-hung sanitary ware; and at only 12 cm deep, it is a solution for all design and installation situations,” he explains.

Meeting WELL (water efficiency label) credentials, the newest concealed cistern to join the Geberit family – 50 years since its first concealed cistern – offers top performance whether flushed at 4.5 or 6 litres of water volume, helping specifiers meet sustainability targets by effectively reducing water consumption, he adds.

“Geberit brand products are innovative, durable and ecologically efficient and provide high-end sanitary solutions for retailers, plumbers and installers, and end-users alike,” says the spokesman.

Its range of products is designed for use in new buildings as well as in renovation and modernisation projects. It comprises sanitary systems, which include installation systems, cisterns and mechanisms, faucets and flushing systems, waste fittings and traps, shower toilets; and piping systems that include building drainage systems and supply systems.

“As a leading manufacturer of sanitary technology, we make every effort to use natural resources carefully, thus making a contribution towards protecting the environment. This begins with the development of our products and extends to their manufacture and use through to responsible recycling. Geberit products are durable and reliable goods that make a significant contribution to protecting natural resources,” says the spokesman.

He says Geberit ensures competence and expertise at every stage of manufacture and its products promote ease of installation, easy maintenance and have a long lifecycle.

“The economical use of resources is a crucial factor within the Geberit corporate identity,” the spokesman points out. “Consistent ecological design sets new standards and thereby provides the foundation for sustainable construction. The reduction of water consumption is always a main focus during the product design phase. In addition, the aspect of sustainability plays a decisive role even in the selection of product materials and production processes.

“The recyclability of the products is taken into account from the very beginning of development. Only products that fulfil the strict sustainability criteria in addition to the proven Geberit quality and reliability are put on the market.”

In response to climate change and the waste of natural resources, green buildings must meet sustainable criteria such as conserving resources, quality of life as well as acoustic insulation and fire protection. Along with this development, ecological products are increasingly demanded or already required in construction, the spokesman adds.

The Geberit Group, established in 1874, is ranked in the top 100 most sustainable corporations in the world according to the Global 100 Index. It operates sales offices in 41 countries and has 17 production sites in eight different countries with the main ones located in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It also has local competence centres in Shanghai (China) and Chicago (US) to supply the markets in Asia and North America with products specifically designed to suit regional needs.

In 2013, Geberit generated a sales volume of CHF2.3 billion ($2.59 billion). Last year, it trained approximately 30,000 plumbers, sanitary engineers and architects in Geberit systems and software tools at the company’s 25 own training centres in Europe and overseas.

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