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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Flow Rates, Shower, Faucet, Bathroom, Kitchen

New fixtures should comply with the Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992.

From About Home Repair:

Lavatory Faucet

  • Low Flow: 0.5 -1.5 GPM
  • Meets Code / 1992 Standard: 2.2 GPM
  • Pre-1992 Faucet: 3.0 - 5.0 GPM

    Kitchen Faucet

  • Low Flow: Not appropriate for dish cleaning
  • Meets Code / 1992 Standard: 2.2 GPM
  • Pre-1992 Faucet: 3.0 - 7.0 GPM

    Shower Head

  • Low Flow: 1.0 - 2.0 GPM
  • Meets Code / 1992 Standard: 2.2 GPM
  • Pre-1992 Faucet: 4.0 - 8.0 GPM

    At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

    My in-laws' guest bath shower always ran out of hot water before the second person could bathe. In Green Bay, WI, this is a problem. Out of self-preservation, we swapped out their 30-yr-old fixture with a new one, and had lovely long showers. Incredible demonstration.

    At 8:38 PM, Blogger J at IHB and HFF said...

    Hello. Yes, the 2 big recommendations to reduce flow (especially wasted flow) are the fixture itself and shutting off while soaping. Since people forget to shut off, I was thinking of a momentary-on switch so the water stops when you release the switch. You can see a similar lever in old M*A*S*H* shower scenes.

    At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Jordyn said...

    I install stylish design of faucet for my kitchen...


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