The BMA used its Sustainability Awards 2022 to shine a light on the innovation and passion for reducing environmental impacts within the bathroom sector – BMA CEO Tom Reynolds talks us through the winners.
We were delighted to announce the Sustainability Awards 2022 winners at a celebration held at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel on Thursday, 3rd November.
This was only our second Sustainability Awards, but what is special about this ceremony is that behind every entry, across all categories, is a passionate effort to reduce this industry’s impact on our planet.
The awards were independently judged by journalists, industry experts, academics, and representatives from NGOs, who remarked overall that the entries were “glowing”. One judge said that “the BMA and its members are so far ahead of others in the construction supply chain on sustainability, it’s inspiring.”
Our winners included:
The Early Journey Award – Be Modern
The judges said: “The winning entry was systematic and methodical, changing low-hanging fruit while looking at the bigger picture. The entry epitomises what this category is about.”
The Workplace Initiative award – Mira Showers
The judges said it was a tough category to determine between the entrants but that the winners “took a bottom-up approach by using their energy and enthusiasm to promote sustainability initiatives within the organisation.”
A Special Commendation Award – Roman Showers
Following the judges’ comments on an incredibly impressive submission, a special commendation certificate was awarded to Roman Showers for their comprehensive contribution to sustainability. One said: “This is excellent stuff; they are setting a great path.”
The Circular Economy Award – Grohe
The judges said the winning entry addressed bathroom manufacturers’ problem regarding circularity. "Their entry shows that this is far from a token gesture and that they're engaging with commitment and rigour, setting new standards for the bathroom industry in the process and the built environment as a whole."
Special Recognition for Driving Behaviour Change – Triton Showers
Provoking behaviour change among consumers, and encouraging them to make more sustainable choices around the bathroom, is a crucial way for bathroom manufacturers to make a positive environmental impact. This award for Triton acknowledges how they are bringing customers on the journey.
The Carbon Reduction Award – Mira Showers
The judges said the quality of the entries was remarkably high, marking bathroom manufacturers as ahead of others. Yet, the winner had developed a simple and effective innovation to help building developers and homeowners drive down emissions from hot water use.
The Water Efficiency Award – Cistermiser
The judges remarked that this was a tough category for the entrants because of the strong pedigree of innovation around water efficiency. However, they liked Cistermiser’s new and novel approach with experts working to deliver against a challenge, remarking that it focussed on an area of huge potential.
Finally, I must thank the category sponsors, UKE, Elemental, Installer, NBS and the Unified Water Label, the panel of judges for ensuring independence and integrity, and everyone for their entries, not forgetting the efforts made for sustainability every day.
I’m proud to be a part of an industry that is tackling sustainability at such a high level. It isn’t an easy task, but we are all gradually transforming and inspiring this industry to do its bit for the planet. It’s important that we keep up the good work and continue to highlight our achievements.