toilet of choice
Despite the vital role it plays in effective sanitation, the toilet has not fundamentally changed since the late 1800s. With UK toilets averaging 9 litres per flush and accounting for up to 70 – 85% of commercial water use in buildings it’s easy to see why traditional toilet systems have become inefficient for modern use.
Previous efforts to reduce the amount of water used for toilet flushing have had performance and convenience implications and in the main, received poor reviews from users. Recognising the need for an alternative solution which uses less water and performs better inspired the development of Propelair.
Toilet flushing can account for up to 85% of water consumption in commercial buildings. Changing your toilets to a more efficient technology can really pay dividends when seeking to save water and energy.
Uses up to 84% less water
Propelair uses only 1.5 litres of water per flush, a fraction compared to the UK average of 9 litres. Average flush volumes can be significantly higher than their cistern capacity due to double flushing, leakages and filling while still flushing.
Water is becoming an ever more valuable and costly resource. Propelair is a quick, simple and economic solution to reducing water costs instantly.
Reduce outgoing costs
Propelair reduces water and sewage bills by up to 60%.
Achieves quick payback
This can be achieved in less than one year.
Propelair’s significant water savings help organisations to reduce their environmental impact by becoming more efficient and using less resources.
Uses up to 80% less energy
Boosts resource efficiency and building performance.
Creates up to 80% less carbon
Less energy for water and waste processing, meaning the toilet’s carbon footprint is reduced by an average 80%.
*statistics based on a 9 litre average flush
Propelair is one of the most hygienic systems available, creating a cleaner toilet environment for customers, clients, patients and staff, while having a positive impact on health, well-being and productivity.
Eradicated aerosol germs
Propelair reduces aerosolised germs by up to 95%. The germs are trapped inside Propelair’s unique closable lid, and then efficiently removed with its powerful air flush, creating a more hygienic and healthier washroom environment for users.
Thanks to Propelair’s unique closable lid, odours are dramatically reduced.
Protected by SteriTouch®
Antimicrobial additives in the handle help reduce germs.
Conventional toilets can leave 6% of previous users’ contaminants behind after flushing, which can become airborne during frequent flushes. Propelair removes up to 99.9% of contaminants, ensuring less risk of cross-contamination.
Avoid the “sneeze effect”
Flushing a conventional toilet creates a “sneeze effect,” spraying bacteria, viruses and moisture into the air. These airborne aerosols can travel up to 2 metres away from the toilet itself contaminating the surrounding washroom surfaces and getting drawn into ventilation systems to travel throughout the building.
Harmful bacteria can survive up to 24 hours on washroom surfaces making it a perfect breeding ground for viruses and germs to spread. With Propelair, this unhygienic “sneeze effect” is avoided.
Propelair’s design is a significant step change compared to conventional toilets, with better performance, quicker flush and a simple maintenance process.
Combining 1.5 litres of water and displaced air technology creates a powerful, high-performance flush which easily removes all waste with one flush.
Queue time reduced
Propelair quickly refills in up to 30 seconds compared to conventional systems which can take up to 2-3 minutes. An efficient flush saves time and reduces queues, especially during periods of high usage.
Maintenance made easy
Propelair’s rimless pan and side hinges make previously hard-to-clean areas easily accessible, ensuring a thorough cleaning process can be carried out.
Propelair is designed to be strong and durable, making it well suited for heavy use / challenging environments.
Ease budgets with instant savings.
Boost Building Efficiency
Boost building performance and reduce operational costs.
Improve your company’s carbon footprint and environmental performance.
Propelair exceeds environmental planning legislation such as Part G of the Building Regulations and Code for Sustainable Homes.
Savings can be accurately measured over time, helping your business to anticipate incoming costs and plan for future budgets.
Saving water demonstrates your company’s commitment towards sustainability and the environment.
Propelair reaches the highest performance rating under BREEAM’s water efficiency guidelines.
Using less water and energy boosts resource efficiency and building performance.
How it works…
1. Propelair® has a two-section cistern; one for air and one for water
2. Before Flushing, the lid is closed to form a seal
3. When the flush sensor is activated water enters the pan to wash it, followed by air from the unique patented pump. The air cannot escape due to the sealed lid. This pushes out the entire contents of the pan to give a powerful, reliable flush.
4. The remaining water fills the water trap.
5. The flush is completed in 3 seconds with the toilet ready to be re-flushed in 20-30 seconds. (subject to water supply pressure)
Why is Propelair different?
Water flows from the cistern in to the pan under gravity, carrying the waste out in to the drain. They are dependent on a sufficient volume of water to perform the task, but the flushing mechanisms used in standard WCs often result in leaks. Water regulations require all new WCs to have a full flush of no greater than 6 litres. Some standard WCs are available with a full flush volume of under 6 litres, but as water volume reduces, so does available performance. The reduction in water can lead to double flushing.
This uses the same flushing principle as standard WCs but the cistern is provided with a reduced flush of no more than two thirds of the full flush which is intended for liquids as opposed to the full flush intended for solids. Again, the reduction in water can lead to double flushing.
Instead of flushing with water flow and gravity, waste is shredded into slurry and electrically pumped through small-bore pipes to meet the drain. This can be noisy and prone to blocking the shredder.
These systems improve performance by using the pressure of the incoming refill water to compress an air store, which acts upon the next flush to boost water flow into the pan.
Requires the building to be fitted with a central vacuum drainage system which sucks waste out of toilets during flushing for onward disposal. They require little water to flush due to the power of the vacuum, but are energy intensive and cannot connect to existing drains.
When the toilet is flushed, a trap door opens to allow the waste to drop into a second compartment, which a compressed airline is able to pressurise to force the contents through a small-bore waste pipe.
Easily retrofitted to existing drainage systems using 4inch (110mm) bore pipes
Propelair can be installed as a like-for-like replacement for conventional toilets on vented gravity drainage systems.
Alternatively, Propelair can connect onto 2inch/50mm small bore flexible pipes.
Propelair can connect to existing drains using 2 inch / 50mm flexible waste pipe, which the air flush can push the waste through without a gradient, unlike conventional toilets which rely on a fall in the plumbing network.
Installation benefits to your business:
Toilets can be installed anywhere, working within your design plans.
Small bore pipes use significantly less space than conventional drainage systems
Eliminates drain alteration costs
If repositioning of the toilet is required.
Without having to extend the existing drainage system.
Why we choose British Manufacturing?
Quality and traceability
Reduced carbon footprint in supply chain
Quick after-sales support capability
Highly skills specialised workforce
Efficient lead times
Localised support and knowledge of industry requirements
“There’s quality and consistency in UK Manufacturing and that’s what you need when you’re working with ceramic products. There’s still a lot of skill in the UK and we draw deeply on that base.”