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Lessons to apply to retrofit from the early 20thC toilet revolution

20 April 2021

This week in Building News Sam Stacey, Challenge Director at Transforming Construction, UKRI, argued that we can take learnings from the way that Thomas Crapper’s valve-and-siphon design was implemented in British homes across the country in the early 20th Century – a huge change from the previous cold and dark toilets in outhouses.

Particularly, Sam notes the need for a ‘financial leg-up’ initially, with subsidies and financing opportunities. As well as this, he highlights that for most homeowners the changes will need to be low-effort, with light touch from the homeowner.

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