Faucets Make the Grade for Scald Protection

Case Study: Northpointe Christian Schools installed automatic faucets to protect young kids from hot water burns   May 10, 2024



Since its founding in 1972, NorthPointe Christian Schools has been in a continual growth mode, commencing with 90 students when they first opened their doors. Now, their educational complex outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides a high level of education to their student body of Pre-K to 12-grade enrollments, which for the 2023-2024 school year stands at 1,250 students.  

To keep pace with the needs of ever-expanding schools like Northpointe, Chicago Faucets has been in a continual growth mode also.  From developing thermostatic mixers to offering five styles of touchless faucets with integrated ASSE 1070 certified mixers to make schools safer places to learn.  

Along with a complete academic program, the NorthPointe Christian Mustangs participate in the full range of boys’ and girls’ sports. The school’s impressive growth is spurred in part by their innovative programs: Nature-based Preschool, Big Picture Learning, Spanish Immersion starting in Preschool, Robotics clubs for all age levels, service projects and a student-run on-site café.    

Safe yet stylish  

To offer a positive learning environment, NorthPointe continually keeps its facility up to date, with particular attention to student comfort and safety. Among these upgrades, the school installed advanced E-Tronic 80 automatic faucets and soap dispensers from Chicago Faucets in the recently remodeled boys’ and girls’ restrooms.   

NorthPointe’s Director of Facilities, Rusty Brewster, had a long-term relationship with their plumbing supplier, so he turned to Bill Rohen, sales representative for Michigan with Taggart- Knight Group when the project came up for consideration.  

“These are the restrooms that 95 percent of our visitors also use, so for many, this is a first impression,” says Brewster. “The E-Tronic 80s in black matte did the trick. They look great and get plenty of compliments,” he added.  

One of the big focuses was ensuring students use their faucets safely. Though kids are not chronic handwashers, parents have been encouraging hand hygiene since the pandemic. But in fighting this hazard, there is a possible exposure to another one.  

Hot tap water can be dangerous, especially to the younger students. To keep water safe, it is stored at temperatures of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In some cases, water temperature can reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which can scald a person within half a second of contact.   

The burns are worse for the pediatric population. Scald injury, 49.8 percent is the most common in all children less than 16 years old. According to Wendy Shields, senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy Wendy Shields, senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, “there is a lack of awareness about this.”   

In compliance with federal, state, and local mandates, buildings, including schools, install scald protection products in their facilities. The Northpointe washroom E-Tronic 80 model faucet design offers user-adjustable temperature control to dispense warm water with the integral ASSE 1070-certified scald protection.   

The E-Tronic 80 has an integrated ASSE 1070 certified mixing valve that provides scald protection. It mixes the hot and cold water in the faucet and limits the maximum hot water temperature if the cold line should fail.   

The E-Tronic 80 also has a user mix handle (handle on the side of the faucet) that the user adjusts to control the final mixed water temperature to match their preference.? Yet, the ASSE 1070 certified mixing valve prevents the water from exceeding the limit set by the thermostatic protection.   

The design of ASSE 1070 certified devices limit the water temperature by code in public buildings, both government and privately owned. Scald protection is also a priority for populations that are vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, especially K-12 students.   

For ease of installation, durability and fewer leak points Chicago Faucet’s anti-scald TempShield technology is integral to the E-Tronic 80. This design cuts installation time by 50 percent and eliminates as many as six leak points.  

With their rugged design and rigorous testing, these thermostatically protected faucets are certified to the latest ASSE 1070 code for lavatory projects. Plus, the integral temperature protection ensures there is no chance that an anti-scald device will be left out of the installation.  

Germ fighting faucets  

Scald protection is one aspect of keeping the students at Northpointe safe. Schools are notorious for spreading colds, flu and other contagious diseases.   

A single lever manually operated faucet can harbor scores of bacterial colonies on the surface, which can be easily transmitted from student to student. The E-Tronic 80 faucet’s hands-free operation limits the surface areas that students have contact with so less bacteria is spread student to student.   

The E-Tronic 80 makes the handwashing routine easy for the students, enabling a hygienic visit to the school washroom to protect themselves and their classmates from spreading illness. When the student is ready to wash hands, the intuitive faucet sensor detects motion and dispenses water.   

The E-Tronic 80 has a ten-second run time when the faucet sensor detects the presence of a hand, automatically shutting off water flow after one second once the hands are withdrawn from the sensor to save water. The faucet cannot be left running to overflow the sink, even if the sensor is blocked.   

Benefiting installation and maintenance  

The recently introduced CF Connect App enables easy adjustments in the faucet’s settings from hygiene and pipe flush to six operating modes that can be set for one or a wing full of faucets. This tool for touchless faucet management helps the maintenance crew monitor water usage and flushing while creating a documented audit trail.  

The E-Tronic 80’s accessible electronics above deck simplify installation and maintenance. With low-cost installation, pre-installed flexible water supply hoses, and a single-hole deck mounting requirement, the faucet offers convenience for an efficient and reliable install and subsequent maintenance.   

The NorthPointe maintenance department installed the faucets and found the job a snap. 

“The integrated mixing valve anti-scald protection made installation much faster,” says Brewster. “And the multiple (CF Connect app) modes, including “cleaning,” make our restrooms easier to monitor and simplify maintenance.”  

Though the E-Tronic 80 can operate off a six-volt lithium battery or a LTPS (Long-Term Power System) lithium battery, NorthPointe opted for the 120-volt AC power option for more convenience, avoiding the need for battery changes.  

Built for the demands of public use, the E-Tronic 80 has a vandal-Resistant pressure-compensating Econo-Flo non-aerating spray outlet with a clear, non-splashing 0.5 gallons per minute water flow contributing to water conservation efforts at NorthPointe.  

Overall, the E-Tronic 80 faucets align with NorthPointe Christian Schools’ commitment to providing a quality education in an upscale environment.   

Chicago Faucets scald protection products include certified ASSE 1070 manual and sensor faucets and certified ASSE 1016 thermostatic pressure balancing valves for showers in school locker rooms.  

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