Geza bathroom units

A South African company is patenting a low cost modular bathroom unit, called geza, which it says has an installed cost of perhaps half of conventional bathroom units.
The system has application in affordable housing, garden cottages, mobile homes, etc. The first Geza units were installed in September 1999 in a large project involving conv A South African company is patenting a low cost modular bathroom unit, called geza, which it says has an installed cost of perhaps half of conventional bathroom units.
The system has application in affordable housing, garden cottages, mobile homes, etc. The first Geza units were installed in September 1999 in a large project involving conversion of empty inner city offices into low cost residential apartments in Pretoria, South Africa's capital city.
A geza (geza is Zulu for "wash") modular bathroom unit consists of a white fibre glass wall panel with attached unbreakable polyethylene toilet and wash hand basin, and a white fibre glass bath with built-in sides. An important feature of the system is the single, high quality "swing" mixer tap which is used for both the basin and the bath.The unit consisting of the above components cost about $470 (made in South Africa – however, obviously the price will differ if local components in other countries are used).
All of the materials and components used are of high quality, although none are ceramic. The fibre glass wall panel has a removable lid which covers all water supply and outlet pipes, toilet cistern and a 52 (or optionally 72) litre geyser. There is no chasing of walls, no tiling and the panels are corrosion-free. The design enables easy access to any part that may need to be replaced, thus reducing the cost of ongoing plumbing maintenance.
Because the wall panel is bolted to the wall, installation time for a bathroom is reduced to about two hours, lowering the cost of installation over conventional installation by about 75%, according to Geza. For installation of a conventional bathroom, a plumber-contractor usually quotes for four plumbing points, including the bath, geyser, basin and toilet. With geza, the contractor only has to quote for one plumbing point. The fact that the unit is delivered to the building site in made-up form reduces theft of components. Installation can be done by people conversant with basic do-it-yourself procedures.
The bathroom size required is 2.8 square metres. The geyser is plugged into a normal plug point. The cold supply and waste pipes are connected. For a modest extra cost, the system can be connected to a kitchen sink, which uses the same supply and waste pipes.
GEZA: geza@icon.co.za Tel +27 11 626 2220; fax + 27 11 6263147
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