It's time to rethink wastewater management. A shift towards a decentralised, circular wastewater management system will benefit cities, agriculture and the biodiversity of rivers and oceans.
Urine is something that most people probably don’t think much about, and when they do, it’s rarely in a positive context. That is a shame, because there is much more potential in urine than you might think. It is worth considering urine as a raw material.
save! is a pioneering urine separation toilet that takes a step towards sustainable wastewater management by preserving the nutrients contained in urine and at the same time protecting the environment from harmful substances.
The key innovation in save! is the urine trap, created by EOOS Design. It uses the hydrodynamic principle of the teapot effect to conduct the urine towards a concealed outlet using only surface tension. The intelligent design of the ceramic body ensures that the urine separation occurs irrespective of whether the toilet is used by a man, a woman or a child. Flushing water, which is discharged at a much higher rate and speed, runs down the regular syphon. The same applies to solids and toilet paper, which also fall into the syphon.
Architect: FSP Architekten AG
Developer: Halter AG
Location: Dübendorf, Switzerland
The FLUX building, on the campus of Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland, houses the departments Process Engineering, Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development, as well as the Ecotox Centre. In addition to research laboratories, the multifunctional building also offers spaces for teaching, training laboratories and further education courses. MINERGIE-ECO® certified.
LAUFEN assortment: 20 LAUFEN save! separation toilets with save! installation frame, 10 LAUFEN Lema waterless urinals.
Urine treatment solution / partner: VunaNexus
Project: The Place to Pee
Partners: Hydrohm, Ghent University, City of Ghent, LAUFEN
Location: Ghent, Belgium
The Place to Pee is the title of an installation realized during the summer months of 2021 in the sports and recreation park Blaarmeersen, in Ghent. Serving as a temporary public toilet facility during the high summer season, a container was adapted and equipped with LAUFEN save! toilets and LAUFEN Lema urinals, as well as with Hydrohm’s Uridis treatment system, a high-tech solution for recycling urine into disinfecting flush water. The project was led by the Belgian company Hydrohm in cooperation with the Ghent University, the City of Ghent and LAUFEN.
LAUFEN assortment: 03 LAUFEN save! separation toilets with save! installation frame, 02 waterless Lema urinals, Val washbasins with Twintronic faucets, Leelo mirrors, Pro Liberty accessible WC, Pro Liberty accessible washbasin with Twintronic faucet.
Urine treatment solution / partner: Uridis - Hydrohm
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Shortly after public presentation save! has scooped the coveted Wallpaper* Design Awards 2020 for Life-Enhancer.
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