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Vacuum Toilets Australia MD John Neskudla (left) and jury convener Ben Hourigan of Selector.

This vacuum pump station is suited to 7,500 flushes per hour or a large building of 13,500 people.

Toilets by Vacuum Toilet Systems

Selector Best New Product Award 2012 at Designbuild

Endorsed by Australia’s premier online product information network Selector, the Best New Product Award is awarded annually to the new product at Designbuild that best exemplifies excellence in design. Designbuild 2012 took place from 27 to 29 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The judging panel was comprised of Rachel Nolan from Kennedy Nolan, Callum Fraser from Elenberg Fraser and Byron George from Russell & George.

Winner: Vacuum Toilet Systems by Vacuum Toilets Australia

Launched in August 2011, the vacuum toilet systems from Vacuum Toilets Australia use less than one litre of water per flush compared to the eight litres used by conventional toilets. The vacuum toilet systems are similar to those on aeroplanes, using suction as the flushing mechanism instead of water.

The jury commented, “We were impressed by the leap this system makes in terms of water efficiency, ease of retrofit and the reduction in waste. It does not rely on gravity feed, which eliminates the need for penetrations in retrofit installations. It also reduces the volume of sewerage. We felt this was a major leap forward in terms of water efficiency.”