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1/27/2014

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Wall-Mounted Toilets On The Rise


North American Market Leader Duravit
Adds New Options To Robust Offering

New York, NY -- 20 years ago, Duravit and Geberit spearheaded the introduction of wall-hung toilets - an untouched and virtually unheard of segment - to the North American market. Since then, the companies have enjoyed great success with an increasingly vast wall-hung toilet offering, which spans a dozen collections and is available for every taste and budget ranging from "jeans to dinner jacket." Recently, Duravit added five new models (DuraStyle and Happy D.2) to its ever-expanding offering.

Both companies' commitment to green and innovation is as strong as their commitment to design, a fact apparent in Duravit and Geberit's range of wall-hung toilets and flush plate designs, respectively. This comprehensive availability of over 30 varieties saves both space and water, and boasts WaterSense approval.

Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder comments, "At Duravit, we do not compromise style for function. Our wall-hung toilets showcase just how robust Duravit's product lines are: encompassing sleek design, environmental consideration, and tech innovation. We are proud to be leaders in this market segment and look forward to continuing to drive its innovation and expansion. Our collaboration with Geberit, pioneering wallhungs 20 years ago and showing our forethought that they would become a standard in the well designed bathroom before many other manufacturers, further proves this thirst for innovation and constant focus on the 'what's next' for bathrooms everywhere."

"Geberit's continued focus is on providing innovative products to our customers," says Andreas Nowak, Geberit North America President and CEO. "Our concealed tank and carrier are dual-flush enabled and allows the Duravit products to truly be the focal point in the bathroom."

All Duravit wall-hung toilets are WaterSense approved. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored WaterSense partnership makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. This endorsement means that these Duravit products comply with the EPA's rigorous performance mandate for High Efficiency Toilets (HET), which is 1.28 or fewer gallons per flush (gpf). Duravit's wall-mount toilets, featuring dual-flush technology, allow for an effective 1.1 gpf. This lower than average amount still maintains high performance results and would save a family of four 11,000 gallons of water per year.

Geberit's wall-hung carriers feature a concealed installation system by The Geberit Group, the European leader in plumbing technology. The in-wall carrier keeps the water tank in the wall, maintaining a clean and modern aesthetic with no visible piping. Only the sleek decorative actuator plate attached to the wall is visible. The Geberit also supports up to 880 pounds, resulting in a sturdy toilet and carrier combination.

The advantages to wall-mounted toilets extend beyond the technical and environmental. Wall-hung toilets save up to two square feet of space in the bathroom and can be mounted back-to-back, an ingenious solution for residential and commercial projects alike. Duravit's wall-hung toilets are also highly adaptable and may be customized to sit between 15" and 19" to comply with ADA requirements and are available in depths ranging from compact (19 1/8") to standard (21 5/8") to elongated (24 3/8").

Duravit's selection of wall-hung toilets includes those from collections both classic and new, such as: 1930; Starck 1, 2, and 3; Caro; Happy D. and Happy D.2; Vero; 2nd Floor; Foster; Darling New; D-Code and DuraStyle.

About Duravit

Founded in 1817 in the heart of Germany's Black Forest, Duravit is a leading supplier of sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, whirlpool tubs, accessories, and wellness ideas. Duravit operates in 60 countries worldwide and has been honored with numerous national and international awards for its innovations in design and technology. The company's collaborations with internationally renowned designers such as Philippe Starck, Phoenix Design, EOOS, Norman Foster and Sieger Design yield forward-thinking, environmentally conscious and award-winning products that bring the bathroom to life. Duravit USA, Inc. headquarters are based in Duluth, GA. Trade and interested consumers may visit Duravit NYC, the company's state-of-the-art showroom at 105 Madison Avenue, in the heart of New York's newest design district. For more information on Duravit or to find a local distributor, visit www.duravit.us or call 888-DURAVIT.

About Geberit

Geberit North America is part of the Geberit Group, a European market leader and global provider of sanitary technology. Located in Des Plaines, Illinois, Geberit North America provides concealed tank and carrier systems for wall-hung and floor-mounted toilets and fixtures. Geberit systems improve the look of any bathroom by hiding the unsightly toilet tank. Replacing a standard tank and toilet with the Geberit system results in more usable space, improved hygiene and better accessibility. The unique dual-flush valve saves water and is practically maintenance free. Geberit also offers cable-controlled bath waste and overflows in a variety of designer finishes. Critical working parts are outside the waterway, ensuring years of trouble-free operation. As European market leader, the Geberit Group is a global provider in the area of plumbing technology with sales of $2.3 billion and about 6,100 employees in 41 countries worldwide. For additional information, contact Geberit North America at 2100 South Clearwater Drive, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018, or call 800-566-2100. You can also visit www.geberit.us.


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