UPDATE – Nepal School Toilet Design Guide

Many small components make up the design of Healthabitat’s toilet designs for schools in Nepal.

Quietly over many nights and many hours a core group of students, architects, designers, and Nepal Sanitation Studio alumni have been working hard on creating a new design guide.

Part of the team working on the Nepal School Toilet Design Guide talking with Healthabitat Director David Donald and Long Term Nepalese Healthabitat Project Manager Bishnu Shrestha.

This design guide will pull together all the work Healthabitat has undertaken since 2007 in Nepal in relation to the School projects. Lessons learned from single, family toilets and earthquake banding have been adapted into the school toilet block designs. For example, the use of a hard cement render to the inside of a toilet cubicle makes cleaning easier and increases the functional life of a toilet. Earthquake banding of steel and concrete makes a structure more resilient to staying up during an earthquake, allowing it to move as one unit and not shake itself apart. The work of dozens of students, plumbers, other trades, and local communities have been incorporated into designs. This includes such things as the sizing of septic systems, local adaptions for soakage trenches, paving layouts to help reduce mud, and modular sizing of toilet cubicles.

Healthabitat wants to thank the hard work of many hands for tackling, in-depth the many stages of the projects in Nepal. It is no small feat!

Thanks to;

  • Bobbie Bayley
  • Owen Kelly
  • Georgia Browning
  • Melynda Kensey
  • Jye White
  • Hannah Byrne
  • Sophie Robinson
  • Jake Kellow
  • Emma Gaal
  • Hayley Skelton
  • Kalyna Sparks
  • Tom Studholme
  • Emmerson Sims
  • Sahibajot Kaur
  • Steph Palmer

Below are some draft pages from the document to give you a sneak peek, keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for the final document.