hand dryer in one space for greater convenience and accessibility. This all-in-one design also keeps water in the basin to eliminate water dripping on the user, walls and ﬂ oor. UPDATE BUILDING MATERIALS In addition to regular cleaning and mainte-nance, there are also steps building owners can take during construction and renovation to op-timize the condition of restrooms. The look, function, eﬃ ciency and sustain-ability of today’s commercial restroom design continue to be enhanced by new technology, materials and product design innovations. De-signed with architects and designers, building management and staﬀ , and restroom patrons in mind, next generation restroom materials and furnishings provide many beneﬁ ts. Countertops, hand washing systems, faucets, hand dryers, partitions, toilets, accessories, lighting and paint color will optimize cleanli-ness, maintenance and convenience, while el-evating aesthetics. Over the lifecycle of these high-performance ﬁ xtures and materials, they will lower operating costs due to less frequent cleaning and replacements. Restroom products now incorporate more sustainable materials, which are made of nat-ural and recycled materials. Many are GREEN-GUARD-certiﬁ ed and can contribute to LEED credits. Sustainable materials can also increase the durability, maintainability and life span of these products. Newer sustainable materials for washbasins include a molded natural quartz material that can be sculpted into a range of design options. Natural quartz is virtually maintenance-free, since it does not require sealing, buﬃ ng or re-conditioning like granite. Solid surface materi-als made of recycled materials and rapidly re-newable material is also a popular sustainable choice. Solid surface materials resist stains, chemicals, scratches and heat, which reduc-es the likelihood of repairs and the need for replacements. Both natural quartz and solid surface utilize integrated bowl designs, which eliminate crevices for microbes to hide, and they are easy to wipe down and help prevent the spread of germs. FMJ Kris Alderson is senior marketing manager for Bradley Corporation of Menomonee Falls, Wis., a USGBC member and manufacturer of locker room products, plumbing ﬁ xtures, washroom accessories, partitions and emergency ﬁ xtures.