Delta Faucet has launched a student competition to promote sustainability of water resources in the region.
The competition will be organised in line with the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and in partnership with the American University in Dubai (AUD) as well as Alabbar Energy & Sustainability Group.
Entitled the ‘The Sustainable Bathroom in the UAE Competition’ the contest coincides with the United Nations World Water Day taking place on the 22nd of March 2013 and the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
Interior design and architecture students at AUD will be submitting bathroom designs that satisfy specific design criteria such as water conservation, energy efficiency, water quality, alignment with government regulations and durability of design.
Ten finalists will submit their designs to the judging panel including representatives from Delta Faucet, AESG and AUD in May, with winners announced the following month.
Ross Jackson, general manager, Delta Faucet, Middle East said: “The UAE has one of the highest rates of water consumption globally and through our partnership with AUD and AESG, we hope to underline this important issue and change the way people think about water usage across the country,” Jackson added. “Together with our partners AUD and AESG, we want to engage the decision makers of the future at an early stage to ensure they are actively thinking about sustainable design.”
Scott Coombes, principal consultant and founder, AESG said: “The availability of clean water is likely to be a dominant challenge for future generations around the world. Even today, over 700 million people lack access to it on a daily basis. In contrast, the UAE has the highest use of water per person in the world. This competition has been established to inspire young designers to develop innovative strategies to help manage the conservation of this valuable resource, a thought process we hope they can continue into their future careers.”
Albert Fakhoury, chair of the department of interior design at AUD, added: “For our students, the concept of sustainability is familiar; the design typology of a bathroom is conversant. Rethinking the every-day is what designers do; we are simply challenging our students to do so in light of a critical need.”