Roca create an innovative new washbasin to save space and water all-in-one
W+W is an all-in-one washbasin and WC created by the Roca innovation lab, with the designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, to maximize space and conserve water.
W+W incorporates Roca’s ‘water-reuse’ technology, using waste water from the basin to fill the WC cistern - reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 litre dual-flush WC. W+W allows the user to turn the eco function on or off (if they do not want to reuse the waste water) with a click waste. The click waste also contains a built-in filter to remove any particle debris from the grey water before it is treated to eliminate bacteria and odours. It is then stored in the grey water reservoir and used to fill the cistern as required.
The W+W has been installed in the Roca design department since the first model was produced. It is still installed today and acts as an ongoing research tool into the true water saving potential of the product. It is also subjected to ongoing ‘worst case scenario’ treatment to gather data on performance under different conditions.
The W+W has many design features to minimise potential risk: custom designed self supporting frame (for the wall hung W+W); bleach treatment for water which is to be stored for reuse; built in flow restrictor in the tap (limits to 9l/minute) to avoid wasted water due to excessive flow; progressive cartridge to avoid scalding and ensure that hot water/ boiler is only used when needed; soft close seat to avoid load bangs and trapped fingers.
In addition, W+W is fitted with the singles-pro tap which further enhances its environmental credentials. Singles-pro features a progressive cartridge which means control always starts the flow with cold water and as you continually turn the control the flow changes to a mix of hot and cold, ending the turn with hot water. This means that heating systems are not fired up unnecessarily, thereby saving energy. Singles-pro also includes a flow limiter which restricts the water flow to a maximum of 9 litres per minute.
There is no other product available on the market with the same innovative design as W+W, or with its filtration and treatment system. It is completely unique.