Guest Column - February 2009
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Locker Rooms & Restrooms

Being Green, Seeing Green

By Alan Gettleman and David Leigh

Partitions, Dividers, Compartments & Screens

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Materials for toilet partitions, shower dividers, dressing compartments and urinal screens are available that significantly reduce maintenance and replacement costs, while at the same time assist operators in earning LEED points.

These materials are:

  • Plastic laminate
  • Solid phenolic
  • Solid color reinforced composite (SCRC)

Maintenance cost-containment examples include:

  • Impact resistance reduces repair and replacement costs.
  • Non-ghosting graffiti removal saves maintenance time.
  • Scratch-resistance contains maintenance costs.

And, not incidentally, these materials qualify for Class B ASTM E84 Interior Wall and Ceiling Finish Classification with Solid Phenolic also available with a Class A Classification.

With respect to LEED Certification, the following contributions are available:

  • Recycled Content MR 4.1/4.2 - Salvaged, reused or refurbished content.
  • Regional Materials MR 5.1/5.2 - Extracted, harvested or recovered or manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
  • Low-Emitting Materials EQ 4.4 - When composite wood and agrifiber products contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.

Toilet partitions, shower dividers, dressing compartments and urinal screens crafted of plastic laminate, solid phenolic and SCRC have also been Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified by Greenguard Environmental Institute under the standard for low-emitting products.

Lastly, stainless-steel toilet partition door hardware and mounting brackets are available in stainless steel containing 50 percent to 70 percent post-industrial recycled stainless steel balanced with virgin iron and ferrous alloys.

Prudence pays dividends.

To summarize, when choosing restroom equipment and consumables for recreation property replacement, renovation or new construction, you will be rewarded in more ways than one if you evaluate and select green options.


Alan Gettelman is director of marketing for Bobrick Washroom Equipment. David Leigh is director of marketing for Koala Kare Products. For copies of either company's technical bulletins covering LEED certification and more, visit or