The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme (WEPL) was introduced by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) in 2007 and Inta says its success is such that it should now be incumbent on manufacturers and suppliers to promote these labelled products before any others.
Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said it had decided to ramp up the promotion of its 35 heating and plumbing products with WEPL labelling, which include taps and thermostatic shower controls, and will be encouraging buyers, specifiers and contractors to select more environmentally friendly options.
WEPL products are increasingly recognised by the sector as an important tool in the drive to reduce water consumption. They are also proven to be energy efficient and have the lowest carbon footprint, he said.
“We’d like to see the industry make a concerted effort to ensure as many of its products as possible achieve WEPL labelling,” said Stuart. “We are proud of the efforts we have made to introduce collections that are more eco-friendly and we will continue to work hard to increase our range of approved goods.
“WEPL is a benchmark of quality and with the focus on climate change, it’s important that we play our part in helping to reduce water and energy consumption. We’re hoping 2018 will be the year that sees real change in the heating and plumbing sector when it comes to WEPL and that more products come to market and are promoted. We believe it’s what the consumer wants.”
The Water Label is similar in design to the energy label found on electrical goods and shows the volume of water that the product will use when installed correctly.