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Selection Criteria for Hotel Plumbing Fixtures

Why Bother Selecting Plumbing Fixtures for a Hotel in 2020?

  • Selecting hotel plumbing fixtures and in general, any plumbing fixture for the long term in the USA is essential as 750000000000+ gallons of water have been saved due to WaterSense rated, High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs) since the starting of 2006 and that includes hotels, commercial, industrial and residential facilities.
  • $1400000000+ USD of consumer savings in water and energy bills due to WaterSense products
  • A typical of four people could save 16,000+ gallons of water per year and more than $100 USD in water bills by updating to a 1.6 GPF model toilet (water closet – plumbing fixture).
  •  Add to that – 1.28 GPF rated toilets – saving an additional 650 gallons per year.
  • Had our country still be using the 3.5-gallon toilets in 1992 – we would be using 430000000000 more gallons of water annually.
  • EPA estimates that if every accommodation in the US converted to WaterSense products, our nation could save 300000000000 gallons of water and over $17 billion USD annually.
  • In 2013, the USA saved over 90,000 gallons per minute with new High-Efficiency Toilets (HET).

You might have guessed where we are going with this conversation.

Selecting plumbing fixtures for any hotel, hospitality, industrial, commercial, or multi-residential building is vital to both the country and the contractor.

For a basic 100 room hotel with an estimated 100 bathrooms, each bathroom measuring around 70 SqFt, the total cost of hotel plumbing fixtures comes to a lump sum of $125,000 – $135,000 This cost includes all the required and necessary hotel bathroom plumbing fixtures and comes to around 3% of the entire project valuation.

Looking at the huge amounts of practical data that is available to us, it is clear that bathroom-plumbing fixtures can make or break the aesthetics of the hotel. Moreover, these fixtures clearly influence pricing, water consumption, and management in the long run.

If you are someone who’s responsible for this, it can be a never-ending process.

We know the struggle and the hustle involved.

And that is why we bring you the selection criteria for selecting plumbing fixtures for a hotel.

Given below are the metrics on which the selection criteria of hotel plumbing fixtures are broken down.

  1. Certification And Standards
  2. Material Used
  3. Color and finish
  4. Pricing
  5. Conclusion
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1. Hotel Plumbing Fixtures - Certification And Standards

While selecting any hotel plumbing fixture, it is recommended and at the same time important, to check the certifications and standards that have been set by regulatory bodies and industry veterans to ensure that the hotel plumbing fixtures or the commercial/industrial/residential plumbing fixtures that you have selected abide by the industry guidelines.

We have mentioned many of the main certifications that you should ensure are there before selecting and finalization of plumbing fixtures for your hotel(s).


The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models.

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliance

ADA Compliant is less of a certification and more of a feature. ADA Compliant means the item complies with and conforms to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


CSA International

This certification is offered by CSA International. CSA is one of the certifications recognized for plumbing products to be used in Canada. CSA certification includes all Canadian federal requirements as well as several U.S. standards, such as NSF and ASME/ANSI standards.


CUPC Certification 

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) offers this certification. Generally, the standard and only certification required for most plumbing products to be used in the U.S is UPC. UPC certification includes all U.S. federal standards and requirements, including NSF and ASME/ANSI. CUPC is one of the certifications recognized for plumbing products to be used in Canada. All Canadian federal requirements and standards are included in CUPC.

2. Hotel Plumbing Fixtures - Selection Of Material

When it comes to selecting the material for your plumbing fixtures, you cannot select a material that degrades over every touch or use while at the same time also maintain the look and aesthetic of the bathroom in general.

Hence, the category, which is preferred in the plumbing industry, is alloys and metals with a rust-free experience as they last long when and if exposed to water, air, and moisture.

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  • Stainless steel

 Stainless steel is probably the most common plumbing fixture material found. Stainless steel is low maintenance, lasts for a longer period. Stainless steel is an iron alloy fused with chromium and nickel and hence it ensures minimum rust as alloys are generally less oxidized and almost corrosion-free.

  • Brass

 Brass is also an alloy – a copper one. Comes in great finishes as stainless steel does, but it is less resilient than stainless steel. However, brass is being widely accepted as a leading plumbing fixture material lately and is being used in many bath faucets – which usually form the first impressions of any bathroom.

  • Nickel

Nickel is also a popular material because it is less expensive than chrome, steel, brass, and of course – gold. If the budget constraints are tight, nickel can prove to be a worthy selection.

  • Chrome

Chrome is a vintage, classic, and evergreen material but the trend is changing towards chromium finishes rather than chrome materials.

Given above are the four most used, evergreen materials which have high tensile strength and that can be chosen, to add value for money, without compromising on sturdiness, style, and durability. After the material has been chosen, now comes the design color and finish.

3. Hotel Plumbing Fixtures - Color And Finish

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After the material has been finalized, it now comes down to appearance, sleekness, and style. Applying a polish or a finish to the top of the material provides it with a double coating of sorts.

Some of the popular finishes that are used throughout the country:-

Polished Finishes

  • Polished Chromium
  • Polished Nickel
  • Polished Satin

Material finishes

  • Stainless Steel finishes
  • Chromium finish
  • Brass Finish

4. Hotel Plumbing Fixtures - Pricing

One of the most important criteria while selecting plumbing fixtures is pricing. High-quality products don’t necessarily have to be high priced and vice versa.

When we compare the pricing of different materials with designs, colors, and finishes – the pricing may immensely vary.

Stainless Steel is on the expensive side but it provides longer durability and corrosion resistance, it maintains its quality too. A similar alternative at a better price is brass, which is also a great material as well as a polish/finish option if not the core material.

Nickel and chromium are used less on the material side and more as finishes. Price varies accordingly with the above-mentioned points.

For modern add ons like motion sensing, there is a significant price difference between manually operated one and that of the former.

5. Conclusion

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However, in the end, a hotel is an experience in itself.

People love experiences and a hotel screams quality.

If you are someone that understands the difference hotel bathrooms can make to that experience, then you surely understand what great plumbing fixtures can do to your hotel bathroom.

Often the difference lies between doing good and doing great – 99% and 100%

Make sure it is 100% great!

If you are having doubts about selecting the best and the right plumbing fixtures for your hotel – to provide a seamless experience for your customers and having an edge over your competitors,

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At AORBIS, we are a team of consultants and product specialists with broad work experience and expertise in the A/E/C industry which allows us to take a value-driven approach to every project. Established in the year 2018, we provide building products, materials, and services to our clients based in the United States.