Action Urged on Low-Flow Toilets
Upper Marlboro, MD The building industry has applauded the
energy and resource conservation goals set by the U.S. Dept. of
Energy, but says that further action is needed in developing a
standard governing the performance of low-flow toilets.
In a recent letter to the DOE, officials from the National
Association of Home Builders Research Center here said that they
are “concerned” that efforts to improve energy efficiency in
appliances and to reduce water consumption by toilets have yet to
be accompanied by performance standards and an achievable phase-in
The lack of standards, warned the Research Center, could
ultimately “defeat the purpose” of the DOE’s conservation
“Research Center testing clearly demonstrates that a wide
variation exists in the performance of low-flow toilets, and many
models are not nearly as effective as their predecessors,” said
Research Center president Liza Bowles.
In addition, Bowles said, seven years after the implementation
of a DOE rule that ultimately mandated the use of low-flow toilets,
“there still exists no standard that adequately addresses the
performance of the products that consumers are required to use, and
that are on the market today.
“We are concerned that well-intentioned efforts to conserve
energy and water will frustrate consumers, builders (and
remodelers), who often bear the brunt of consumer criticism,”