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Des Plaines, IL: Chicago Faucets assisted the Rockford (IL) Park District in keeping its goal to lower operating costs and meet LEED® certification standards for its new Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens facility through the use of water-efficient, lead-free faucets.


“Chicago sensor-operated faucets were chosen for the Nicholas Conservatory project because of their quality and ability to stand up to the daily requirements of a large greenhouse,” says Kelly Moore, Facility Manager, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. “The conservatory is a working plant exhibit that requires durable materials and fixtures that will endure for years to come. Together, all of the plumbing components create a water-efficient facility, a testament to the Rockford Park District’s stewardship of the environment.”

To help achieve LEED certification points, reduce water costs, and improve overall environmental stewardship, the faucets in the building had to be water efficient. Moreover, the faucets had to have low lead content, be recyclable, have low-flow outlets and metering cartridges, and be sensor operated.

HyTronic® sensor faucets from Chicago Faucets met the requirements. The facility installed 10 ADA-compliant, vandal-resistant, single-hole faucets powered by lithium batteries. HyTronic faucets are compatible with the Chicago Faucets Commander® handheld programming unit and feature internal temperature control and above deck electronics. They are also made with ECAST® brass, a special formulation from Chicago Faucets that meets low-lead specifications for plumbing fittings.

ECAST from Chicago Faucets is a line of durable, high-quality brass faucets and fixtures that are designed and manufactured with less than one quarter of one percent (0.25%) total lead content by weighted average. These products are intended for installation in locations where state laws and local codes mandate lead content levels or wherever lead content is a concern. In 2014, a new federal law regarding lead content in plumbing products that deliver water for human consumption will take effect throughout the United States. Once again, Chicago Faucets is leading the way to respond to these new low-lead initiatives with ECAST.

The Chicago Faucet Company is part of the Geberit Group, a European market leader and global provider of sanitary technology. Since 1901, The Chicago Faucet Company, located in Des Plaines, Illinois, has offered commercial and residential products built to stand the test of time. A combination of the best engineering, finest materials and quality workmanship has made Chicago Faucets the specified choice in many of the finest building projects throughout North America.

As European market leader, the Geberit Group is a global provider in the area of plumbing technology with sales of CHF 2.2 billion and about 6,200 employees in 41 countries worldwide.

For additional information, contact The Chicago Faucet Company at 2100 South Clearwater Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or call 800-566-2100. You can also visit Chicago Faucets at

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