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Touchless bathrooms save both energy and water, says Sydney Water. Image Supplied.
  • New technology has been installed at Rhodes Corporate Park
  • Along with hygienic benefits, the technology is set to save water
  • Data captured will improve user experience and quickly identify maintenance issues

A first-of-its-kind pilot project is underway between Frasers Property and Sydney Water who are trialing a touch-free smart bathroom facility.

The Caroma Smart Command intelligent bathroom products will be installed in the 15,000 square metre building at Rhodes Corporate Park – of which Super Retail Group is currently the major tenant.

Along with creating a healthier and safer work environment, the features will also ultimately save water.

Features include sensor technology, toilet flush panels and sensor tapware that is activated touch-free. Bluetooth technology is utilised by the water system, which will transmit usage data that captures insights in real-time.

Sydney Water, a state-owned corporation, says it approached Fraser Property due to its innovative status as a leader in sustainability. Sydney Water’s General Manager of Business Development, Chris Gould, said user data will be collected to better improve user experience and evaluate the water-saving potential of such technology.

“We’re completing this pilot study to investigate the water and energy-saving potential of new and emerging smart bathroom fixtures and the use of intelligent technologies in commercial and public buildings. We’ll also be exploring key issues such as data capture and analysis, user experience, feedback mechanisms, maintenance and sustainability.”

Chris Gould, Sydney Water

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The project is the first to retrofit an existing building with smart bathroom features. Image Supplied.

Mark Gleeson, Fraser Property’s Executive General Manager for Investment and Capital Transactions, said the valuable opportunity has significant broader potential.

“Providing best practice water efficiency in new buildings is expected, however, this pilot project is the first of its kind as it involves retrofitting an existing building with smart bathroom fixtures. The data captured will provide insights into water usage, which can then influence maintenance requirements, and can also proactively identify issues such as leaks, which can save water,”

Mark Gleeson, Frasers Property

Mr Gleeson added that the project will allow a coordinated repositioning of the Rhodes Corporate Park to a new market, which includes the possibility of touchless building and lift access.

“Delivering better, safer, more seamless experiences for people will be a distinct advantage in the current climate, and this includes providing a safer, more hygienic bathroom experience to tenants,” he said.

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