AWE Charter Sponsor Profile

Kohler Co.


Bold Look BlackThroughout its 135-year history, Kohler Co. has sought to remain true to its founding vision of defining the frontiers of ideas, craftsmanship and technology. Kohler strives to establish new levels of excellence within each industry and market it serves as it fulfills its mission of “improving the level of gracious living” for each person who is touched by its products and services.

Kohler Faucet (sm)As a global design and technology leader of products for the kitchen and bath, Kohler Co. offers plumbing products under its KOHLER® and STERLING® brands that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular level of quality for performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, environmentally conscious KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources.

“Using water more wisely – especially potable water which uses energy and chemicals to treat –  is imperative, as supplies are limited and our population and economy are growing,” said Rob Zimmerman, senior staff engineer for Kohler’s water conservation initiatives. “Public education, along with new water-efficient products and building design methods, are critical to contain water use. Plumbing manufacturers such as Kohler are responding to this need by developing new products that use less water, but don't sacrifice performance.”

Through the efforts of extensive research and product development, Kohler seeks to offer the most choices in low-consumption products for both residential and commercial applications and further establish its industry leadership in offering high-performing plumbing products that save water. With its large portfolio of water-conserving toilet, urinal and faucet technologies, Kohler is well-equipped to provide aggressive water saving solutions for both commercial and residential applications. Additionally, Kohler offers kitchen and bath products constructed of KOHLER Cast Iron which is composed of 93% recycled and reclaimed materials.

Recent Initiatives

Kohler Toilet (sm)At the end of 2008, Kohler Co. offered (37) models of High Efficiency Bathroom Faucets certified to carry the WaterSense label. This represented 42 percent of all the bathroom faucet models offered for sale under the KOHLER brand. In January 2009 many more models were certified, bringing the total number of WaterSense labeled KOHLER bathroom faucets to nearly 100 percent.

Kohler is continuing to develop new technologies and designs that allow homeowners to reduce water consumption without sacrificing performance or design. One key innovation was the Class 6 flushing platform, introduced on the Cimarron toilet. Class 6 represents the best of both worlds—outstanding bulk waste removal and bowl cleanliness, while using only 1.28 gallons of water with every flush. This product is available at wholesale and retail locations throughout the United States and Canada.

WS Partner of the YearKOHLER Toilets with the WaterSense label received several awards throughout 2008, including two awards for the 2008 introduction of the Saile toilet – a one-piece dual flush toilet that performs to expectations and meets the design needs of discerning homeowners. It received the 2008 Best of Year Award in the eco products category from Interior Design magazine, along with a Top 10 Green Pick from ECO Home Magazine. The Persuade toilet received the 2008 Green Products Award from Building Products magazine. The San Raphael 1.0 gpf Pressure Lite toilet received the Top 100 Award from Building Products magazine.

While showerheads and flushometer toilets are not currently part of the WaterSense program, Kohler is continuing to invest in development of more water-efficient versions of these products. In 2008, Kohler Co. introduced (4) models of 1.75 gpm multi-function showerheads that provide a great showering experience while reducing water use by 30 percent compared to standard counterparts. Kohler also introduced new sensor technology in its 1.28, 0.5, and 0.125 gpf flushometer valves that provides the control of a manual flush, with the hygiene of touchless products. The .5 and .125 valves do qualify for the WaterSense label when installed with a KOHLER urinal.