A Complete guide on WaterMark and WELS certified Britex Toilet Suites
Water Efficient Products
If you've heard your plumber mention WELS and WaterMark, don't worry - they're just talking about the high standard of a toilet cistern. It’s not a brand but applies to an Australian Standard for plumbing.
Builders, developers, plumbers and other trade professionals, have important obligations under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. That’s why when you're choosing a new toilet suite for your home, it's important to consider both water efficiency and compliance with Australian standards.
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme
WELS is Australia's water efficiency labeling scheme, and all Britex products that use water are required by law to be registered and display a WELS star rating. The more stars, the more water efficient the product.
If you are involved in supplying or installing regulated products in a new building or renovation, you must meet the same requirements as retailers selling products to consumers.
Regulated products include:
- taps (excluding over a bath)
- flow controllers
- washing machines
- combination washer-dryers
Where can I find more information about WELS ratings?
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What is a WaterMark certificate?
Watermark is an accreditation scheme managed by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) that shows compliance with the plumbing code of Australia. At Britex, all of our products comply with this standard.
If a product is listed on the Schedule of Products and is to be installed in Australia, including those purchased via online stores, the product must be:
- WaterMark certified
- marked with the WaterMark trademark, WaterMark licence number and the applicable product specification
- listed on the WaterMark product database
- provided with a Scope of Use statement, specifying its intended use
Any associated product packaging and promotional material must also be marked with the WaterMark trademark and licence number.
The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory scheme for plumbing and drainage products of a certain type.
If the product type is listed on the Schedule of Products but is not WaterMark certified, a licensed plumber is not permitted to install it.
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Britex Quality & Certifications
Britex incorporates product features, manufacturing procedures, certifications and client services.
Quality is the personal responsibility of every Britex employee. The quality of our business is demonstrated in our finished products, our supply processes, our manufacturing techniques and in the way we communicate and develop relationships with our clients and business partners.
At Britex, we go the extra mile to repay the faith our clients have in us, by continuously providing the industry’s best products and services.
For plumbing products regulated under the WELS scheme, WaterMark certification is only required where the products are intended for use in a reticulated water system (piped water network).
- Flow controllers,
- Lavatory and urinal equipment,
- Tap equipment.
What are the benefits of choosing a water-efficient toilet suite?
Water-efficient toilet suites have a number of benefits, including:
- They can help save water – up to 13 litres per flush!
- They often come with dual flush buttons, so you can choose how much water you want to use per flush.
- Some models come with a ‘water saver’ button which further reduces the amount of water used per flush.
- They can help save money on your water bills.
- Some models are designed to reduce the amount of noise they make, making your bathroom a more peaceful place.
- Many water-efficient toilet suites come with a five or seven-year warranty
Top 4 Star WELS and WaterMark Toilet Suites from Britex
PTSD Toilet Suite
4* WELS. Heavy duty, AS1428 compliant, Close Coupled Accessible Stainless Steel Toilet Suite with pan and integral dual flush cistern.
The BRITEX Stainless Steel Accessible Toilet Suite is a robust yet stylish compact suite that incorporates a vandal resistant toilet pan and dual flush cistern. It is designed to conform to Australian Standard for accessibility - AS1428. A pressed internal bowl area and unique trap design makes the pan extremely water efficient and much less susceptible to costly blockages in public amenities. Being close-coupled, the suite is hygienic, highly resistant to vandalism and allows for ease of cleaning. Perfect for public toilets and areas that require high security fixtures without compromising on aesthetics. WaterMark and WELS certified as required by plumbing regulations and government legislation. A vandal resistant Toilet Backrest as required by AS1428:2009 is optional as is a fitted anti-vandal, closed-fronted Toilet Seat.
The BRITEX Stainless Steel Toilet Suite is a robust yet stylish compact suite that incorporates a vandal resistant toilet pan and dual flush cistern. A pressed internal bowl area and unique trap design makes the pan extremely water efficient and much less susceptible to costly blockages in public amenities. Being close-coupled, the suite is hygienic, highly resistant to vandalism and allows for ease of cleaning. Perfect for public toilets and areas that require high security fixtures without compromising on aesthetics. WaterMark and WELS certified as required by plumbing regulations and government legislation.
Get in contact with our team today
We have a wide range of bathroom accessories and toilets that are suitable for use in both ambulant and accessible toilets to AS1428 standards. Simply let us know what you need, and our team of experts will be able to assist you in your choices. Get in contact with us today and see how we can help you create a bathroom that is compliant and welcoming for everyone.