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Sloan and Falcon Team Up to Donate to the Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Here at Falcon, we believe in using the power of our business and products to help the planet and everyone on it thrive. Today, we are delighted to announce a donation made in conjunction with our go-to-market partner Sloan, the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems, to the Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

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Both companies are donating and installing Sloan’s industry-leading water conserving fixtures in every restroom at the hospital, valuing a total of $25,000 for 40 low flow faucets, 16 high efficiency toilets and 15 waterfree urinals. This complete restroom retrofit will not only upgrade the facility with the best restroom technologies available to market, but will also provide beneficial water savings, cutting the cost of the hospital’s water bill in this time of serious water scarcity.

“As a B Corporation, we could not be more excited about giving back to our community and as a water conservation technology company; we are thrilled to be assisting such an amazing institute in Los Angeles save water during this ongoing drought,” stated President and CEO of Falcon, Simon Davis. “Together, with Sloan, we are enabling an establishment essential to our community to reach water conservation goals that are imperative during this drought.”

Like the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, Sloan, the leader in high efficiency water and energy solutions, has been committed to bringing quality to those we serve for 110 years. Sloan products connect the systems that manage our planet’s most precious resource and are built to last.

“Sloan is proud to work with companies like Falcon Waterfree Technologies that share our passion for a sustainability to bring smart, cost-saving restroom products to the Orthopaedic Institute for Children,” said Parthiv Amin, Vice President of Marketing, Sloan. “We appreciate the value the institute brings to our community, and it is critical we raise awareness and commitment to the water conservation effort for our children and our children’s children.”

About FALCON

Founded in 2000, Los Angeles-based Falcon Waterfree Technologies is the sustainability and technology leader in the development of water conservation solutions for the commercial restroom. Falcon Waterfree Technologies proudly is a certified B Corporation. Follow Falcon on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and on YouTube.

About SLOAN

Sloan is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, USA, the company is at the forefront of the green building movement and provides smart sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing water-efficient products such as flushometers, electronic faucets, sink systems, soap dispensing systems, and vitreous china fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide. Follow Sloan on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and on YouTube.

The Velocity Cartridge and The Hybrid, a Match Made in Heaven

The debilitating drought in some parts of the country has created a drive for water conservation and demand for high efficiency plumbing products. Here, at Falcon Waterfree Technologies, we have diligently listened to our customer’s needs which has pushed us to develop the best technology-driven water saving products that minimize maintenance.  Our latest innovations, the Velocity Cartridge and the Hybrid Urinal, are a match made in heaven of two of our highest performance water conservation products.

With its debut in 2014, the Velocity cartridge brought to market 6 new patent pending features that still save you an average of more than 40,000 gallons of water every year:

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  1. Greener Footprint: Our Velocity Cartridge now boasts a 20% material reduction compared to our previous models.
  2. Cues you when to replace it: Our blue indicator ring at the entrance of the cartridge provides you with a visual cue that helps you know when it is ready to be changed.
  3. Reduces Restroom Odor: We invented our patented Velocity cartridge to help keep your restroom virtually odor-free by eliminating the area where bacteria can grow
  4. Keeps Pipes and Housing Cleaner: Our patent-pending anti splash pour spout utilizes speed and directional flow to streamline urine through our housing and your building’s pipes; helping to effectively eliminate the mess and build up associated with our older technology and any of our competitor’s cartridges.
  5. Retains Sealant Better: Our interior baffle allows the cartridge to retain its sealant barrier.
  6. Reduces Splash Back: The Velocity Cartridge has an integrated diverter shield that reduces splash back while simultaneously helping to prevent debris from entering the cartridge.

 

Joining our world-class patented Velocity Cartridge is our hybrid urinal technology – available through Sloan Valve Company.  We have combined the best attributes of waterfree technology with the best of the flushing technology, creating the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available.  hybridThe Hybrid functions as a waterfree technology in daily use and automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, guaranteeing maximum LEED points, water savings and performance functionality.

By implementing our patent pending self-cleaning waterless urinal with our revolutionary Velocity cartridge, you would optimize the synergy effects of the most sustainable urinal technology available in the world! We can assure you, once you switch to the Hybrid and Velocity.  You’ll never look back.

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An Interview with Ned Goldsmith: The Innovative Force Behind Falcon’s Technology

In our blog, we love to write about our exciting water conservation technologies, but we have never featured the mind whose continuous efforts has elevated our products’ functionality, reliability and ingenuity. Today, we interview Ned Goldsmith, VP Water Conservation, about his innovation process and how he ended up working for Falcon Waterfree Technologies.

When did you start working for Falcon?

In my past life, I ran an ice hockey equipment company.  I had grown up playing hockey and dreamed of playing professionally as a goalie. I was a skinny kid, so to help me move faster I started making my own light weight equipment. While I failed at becoming a professional, the equipment became a hit. Once I joined Easton Sports, I did the same with the “Synergy” once piece stick technology– a worldwide hit that is still used by most elite players around the world today.

It was a great experience, but over time, I thought about using my aptitude for invention in the sustainability world. Around that time, Simon Davis joined the company and brought a new vision– Falcon would be a technology leader focused on water savings.  He opened the door to me, and in late 2012, I became part of the family.  Within a few months, we began in earnest to develop a new product line.  The rest, as they say, is history…

What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by people and creative problem solving. Diversity is really important to me – as it broadens the perspective. I love the moment when a group of people get together and are able to find the right puzzle piece to define a path – I guess you could call that innovation.

How does your process work?

My creative process consists of mostly just listening. There are so many technologies out there, but very few understand the true needs of the customer. The next step is to assemble the existing technologies into a new recipe that meets our customers’ needs. 

What is your favorite part within that process?

I love the problem solving.  It’s the most fun.  Fun is critical – because if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you are mediocre at it – and in our new world, there is always someone who will do it better than you if the passion isn’t there.

What products are you most proud of?

Tough one.  I suppose the Synergy hockey stick from my past and the new Hybrid Urinal from Falcon. But, we have some stuff in the hopper right now that is even better!  The next 12-18 months are going to be fun.

Are there any new technological trends catching your attention? Which ones would you like to try in the future?

The list is long – but I like products that combine technologies in some way that provides a “best of both worlds” solution – like a water saving shower that still feels great rather than feeling like you can’t get your hair wet.  More on that in the future…

 

Chemistry 101: How to Avoid Build Up in Your Pipes

The demand for water conservation has moved the plumbing market to minimize water consumption and continually decrease the volume of urinal fixture water rates. Nowadays, strict usage regulations and the increasingly popular LEED certification has now turned the once forceful flush of 1 or 2 gallons into a trickling of a pint of water through a building’s infrastructure- most of the time resulting in unforeseen performance issues in a system built for high volume flushes. 

Human urine contains 58 percent organic and 42 percent inorganic constituents and is comprised of approximately 96 percent water and 4 percent other constituents, which includes 1.8 percent urea, 1.2 percent mineral salts, 0.06 percent creatinine, 0.03 percent uric acid, and 0.91 percent additional biological constituents.

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The inorganic mineral sediments found in both, water-flushing and non-water plumbing drain pipes, have been identified using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) technology. Such technology has found that this tricking of a pint of water is not providing enough water to wash down urinals or fully flush out the system. As this high urine and water concentrate sits in pipes,  an extremely hard, cement like sediment (that is extremely difficult to remove) called calcite accumulates and clogs plumping infrastructure pipes. 

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In contrast, struvite, a soft and water-soluble substance, can collect in pipes of waterfree urinals. Both of the substances can cause blockages over time if not clean properly. However, unlike calcite which inevitably builds up in pint flushes and must be removed with a drain cleaning machine, struvite can be easily avoided through following proper maintenance procedures and is easier to remove from the system.

Here, at Falcon, we have combined the best attributes of waterfree technology with the best of the flushing technology, creating the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available. In a daily use, the Hybrid Urinal functions as a waterfree technology and automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, providing maximum LEED points, water savings and the best performance functionality. Our high volume flushing technology thoroughly flushes out your system, preventing both struvite and calcite build up, while providing miraculous water savings- operating on only 102 gallons of water a year.

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Our Hybrid technology leverages all the benefits of our world-class Velocity Cartridge, keeping your drain lines clean and odor-free.

We invite you to try the most sustainable and high performance urinal technology, the Hybrid Urinal, the environment and your maintenance staff will thank you.

*Available to the North American through our exclusive partner, Sloan Valve Company.

B Local LA Celebrates Earth Week

At Falcon Waterfree Technologies, we pride ourselves in creating a better future. The foundation of the company is based on ecological conservation, embedding sustainability across our business operations and daily practices.  As part of our commitment to support environmental protection, we have partnered with our B Local Los Angeles Community in a week long celebration of Earth Day that our own Marketing Director and Chair of the Los Angeles B Corp Community, Andrea Chase, created.

B Local Los Angeles is a partnership between all the B Corporations in Los Angeles. Their mission is to share ideas, inspire each other and combine forces to make a larger, more sustainable impact on the local community.

In light of this, the group has launched a week long campaign for Earth Day 2016. The multi-company movement has been hosting, through social media channels, an inspirational theme for every day of the week. On April 18th, the campaign started by encouraging participants to go vegetarian for a day and document their efforts, utilizing the hashtags #MeatlessMonday and #BLocalLA. In order to minimize their environmental footprint, the companies promoted the use of carpooling, walking, biking or publiScreen Shot 2016-04-19 at 2.13.10 PMc transportation to go to work for #TransportationTuesday. For #WaterWednesday, the challenge was to use 4 liters aka 1 gallon of water through the entire day for showering, cooking, cleaning and drinking. Water is usually taken for granted, but millions of people around the world cannot afford it. The #4liters Challenge encourages people to love and protect their water resources. Today is #ReuseThursday, and the community of Local B Corps has been sharing and highlighting each company’s approach to reusing items around the office on social media. By documenting their collective efforts using #BLocalLA, the movement is supporting each other while collectively tracking their water, energy and greenhouse gas savings.

Last but not least, the celebration’s grand finale is tomorrow on Earth Day, April 22nd. B Local Los Angeles is partnering with local non-profits, Enrich LA and the Do Good Bus, to bring gardens to Kingsley Elementary, a local school in East Hollywood. With a student body that is largely low- income, the children will learn the benefits of planting their own garden and contributing to a more sustainable way of life.

BLocalLAFalcon Waterfree Technologies is joining Abacus Wealth Partners, Align Impact, B Lab, Beautycounter, Dogeared, Erbaviva, GOOD, MaCher, Mark Leibowitz Photography, Place of the Future and Sustainable Law Group in this initiative. Through the power of our collective efforts,  we are amplifying our community impact and creating a more sustainable Los Angeles.

 

BabyLisa Project: UPDATE

Here at Falcon Waterfree Technologies, we believe in harnessing our power of our business to tackle complex social problems. We align our sustainability initiatives with goals for a broader audience, and by using business as a force for good we are helping our society move towards a future with clean running water for every child and family. On World Water Day (March 22nd), we announced our partnership with DigDeep on the BabyLisa Project,  and as part of our Earth Week’ celebrations, we want to give you an update to this campaign.

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In America, Baby Lisa is one of the hundreds of thousands of children living in water poverty. She was born with microvillus inclusion disease, a life-threatening condition that prevents the absorption of nutrients from food during digestion, resulting in malnutrition and dehydration. Since her family’s home does not meet sanitation requirements and does not have access to running water, she is forced to live in a medical facility three hours away from her home, located in the remote Arizona desert.

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Today, Falcon Waterfree Technologies is proud to announce our donation of all the plumbing fixtures – a gift worth over $4000 to the family of Baby Lisa. We have also committed to purchase only the most water-friendly models on the market that will save Baby Lisa’s family hundreds of dollars in water bills. In addition, our employees have gotten together to fundraise – giving up their paid lunches at work and putting that money toward Baby Lisa’ campaign. Simon Davis, our CEO, has also agreed to match all employee contributions to the Baby Lisa campaign.

As a B Corp, we combined innovation with collaboration because powerful changes can create sustainable markets and societies.

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So far, the Baby Lisa campaign has collected almost $32,000 dollars. We still need $18,000 to renovate Baby Lisa’s home to meet the standards needed for her return. You can support the project by donating at http://www.babylisa.org/

No matter your budget, your gift will change the life of this American family. Together, we can reunite Baby Lisa and her mother LaTanya in time for Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

Technology Spotlight: Century Park’s Groundwater Reclamation Project

Last month, Bill McDonnell from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) awarded Century Park (our customer of many years) the Water Efficiency Project of the Year for their revolutionary groundwater reclamation project. Century Park’s new water reclamation project will enable the facility to supply 100% of it is own water for irrigation, without buying a drop from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)- even during current extreme drought conditions.

In 1928, William Fox built a personal cowboy ranch for movie legend Tom Mix in the once grand and sprawling 20th Century Fox Studios. Thirty years later, the 176 acre site became Century Park, a historical landmark with two gleaming aluminum skyscrapers and a bustling metropolitan center stands where western stars – such as Tom Mix and John Wayne – once galloped into the sunset. Today, nearly a century later, one of American cinema’s golden age studios now plays a starring role in the water conservation initiatives of Los Angeles.

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Century Park has resolved to find pioneering water-saving solutions to comply with  strict conservation measures.

One of these solutions is the Century Park’s use of water-efficient technologies such as Falcon’s water free urinals and cartridges, leak detection and repairs which came as a direct response to the mandate to conserve water in Southern California.  Although, the results have exceeded their expectations, Century Park decided that it is crucial to invest in more drought resilient initiatives.

Century Park sits on top of an aquifer containing non-potable water. The location, covered by a 14 acre combination of drought-tolerant and non-tolerant landscape, highlighted the importance of implementing an irrigation project that could help minimize their irrigation needs, which averages an astounding 6,000 to 10,000 gallons per day.

In order to become self-sustaining, Century Park will construct three, subterranean 10,000-gallon storage tanks for water reclamation. The project will utilize eight large pumps to continuously discharge ground water from the lowest level of the underground parking garage. Then, the water will be discharged into the storm drain system after being analyzed for more than 20 chemical constituents by a third party laboratory.

The groundwater reclamation project will be utilized for landscape irrigation, reducing combustion of DWP-purchase water by 100% and saving 2.9 million gallons of water a year. The recover water will lead the sustainability initatives of the area and offset expenses for project implementation.

Congratulations Century Park, we couldn’t be prouder of what you have accomplished. Your conservation efforts are greatly appreciated!

CLICK HERE  to find out where to find out more about Falcon Waterfree Technologies, and conserve water TODAY!

World Water Day: The Baby Lisa Project

As a B corporation, we are always working on ways to give back to our local community and help to build a long term, sustainable infrastructure. We believe that every child and family should have access to clean running water and we could not be more proud to celebrate World Water Day this year by announcing our partnership with DigDeep on the Baby Lisa Project. 

Baby Lisa was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has been diagnosed with microvillus inclusion disease, a life-threatening condition that prevents the absorption of nutrients from food during digestion, resulting in malnutrition and dehydration. 

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Since her diagnosis a year and half ago, Baby Lisa has been living in a medical facility 3 hours away from her home, located in the remote Arizona desert. Unfortunately, Baby Lisa cannot receive the medical attention she needs and return home until her family’s house can meet sanitation requirements and have access to running water.  Baby Lisa’s family is one of many American families that suffer from water poverty – a tremendous issue that is often over looked and forgotten about in the United States. Water is crucial to Baby Lisa’s recovery and without access to running water in her home doctors are refusing to give her the transplant she desperately needs.

 

CaptureEven though the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) considers them ‘first priority’, Baby Lisa’s family still has to wait 2 or 3 years to get running water in their home – time that Baby Lisa does not have.  In order to bring Lisa home, we are partnering with DigDeep, a non profit organization who defends clean water access as a human right, to provide sustainable, water conservation fixtures for Baby Lisa’s home. 

Today, on World Water Day, DigDeep has launched an incredible campaign to help Baby Lisa’s family renovate their home to meet the standards needed for Lisa to return. We could not be more proud to help build a sustainable and hygienic infrastructure for Baby Lisa and her family, and we encourage everyone to join in and help contribute by donating at http://www.babylisa.org/ .

Together, we can build Baby Lisa home with running water and take her family out of water poverty

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Retrofit Hybrid Technology Splashes into Market

As sustainable building design has evolved, the market has moved to minimize water consumption through decreasing the volume of urinal fixture flush rates. What was once a forceful flush of 1 or 2 gallons, has now become a trickling of a pint of water through a building’s infrastructure- ultimately creating unanticipated performance issues in a system built for high volume flushes.  

At Falcon, we believe that conservation should not sacrifice performance and today, we are excited to introduce the new Hybrid Retrofit Urinal to our collection of high performance technology driven water conservation products.  With all the same benefits of the New Construction Hybrid Urinal, the Retrofit Hybrid – available through Sloan Valve Company – conserves nearly 100% of water and can now easily upgrade almost all existing flush urinals to high performance Hybrid technology.

By merging the best attributes of the waterfree technology (100% water savings) with the best of flushing technology (high volume flushing), we have created the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available. Revolutionary in it’s design, our Hybrid Urinals do not require water after each use and are not dependent on users to flush. Instead, our Hybrid Urinals utilize a multi-patent pending flush system that automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, adding up to only 102 gallons a year total – regardless of the users.  This timed large volume of water flushing through the system prevents hard scale build-up (often formed in pipes from trickling of high concentrate urine-water), while earning maximum LEED credits,  guaranteeing water savings and delivering unrivaled performance and functionality.  

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The combination of our world-class patented Velocity cartridge, along with our self-cleaning hybrid urinal technology, will keep your drain lines clean and odor-free.

Join the water conservation revolution and try one of our Hybrid Urinals, the environment and your maintenance staff will thank you.

Our Hybrid Urinal Technology, High Performance Water Conservation

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As water shortages have increased and strict usage regulations have been implemented, certification and adoption of LEED has become increasingly popular. With many parts of the country suffering from debilitating drought, this drive for water conservation and demand for high efficiency plumbing products has never been more important. Now, there’s a new solution that preserves this need for efficiency and enhances the functionality of inherently sustainable waterfree design.

Waterfree Urinal technologies represent the highest amount (100%) of water savings available. Since the introduction of waterfree technologies, these high-efficiency urinals have helped saved millions of gallons of fresh water every year, totalling over 50 billion gallons from Falcon’s waterfree units alone. When properly maintained, these fixtures provide efficient removal of liquid waste with no odor or clogs. The challenge is, however, that improper or infrequent maintenance can lead to the buildup of struvite in the drain lines, occasionally resulting in reduced flow and more-difficult maintenance procedures.

On the other end of the spectrum, wash down urinal treads have steadily decreased flush volume, now at 0.125 gpf.  Although this has helped to save significant amounts of water, the marginal flush volume does not provide enough water to fully flush out the system- results can include excessive odor and calcite clogged trapways and drain lines. This calcite build up is extremely hard, almost rock like, and is very difficult to remove. With waterfree urinals, urine forms a soft, water-soluble substance known as ‘struvite’ that collects in pipes and can also cause blockages over time. Unlike calcite, though, struvite is easy to remove, only needing water and a brush to be removed.

By taking the best attributes of waterfree technology and combining them with the best of flushing technology, we have created the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available, the Hybrid Urinal. Our revolutionary, multi-patent pending technology functions as a waterfree technology in daily use and automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, rather than trickling small volume of water with each use.  This technology allows for maximum LEED points, water savings and performance functionality.

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This timed power-washing provides a large supplemental flow of water, which helps clean out any sediment build up from your housing and pipes, ensuring continued optimal flow and eliminating the need for bucket dumps & bottle brush cleaning.

Our patent pending self-cleaning waterless urinal leverages all the benefits of our new, patent pending Velocity Cartridge in a unique and revolutionary flush system that cleans the housing and flushes out pipes on a regular timed basis. The Hybrid delivers the world’s best and most sustainable urinal technology, and it’s truly the best of both ends of the urinal spectrum!

*Available to the North American through our exclusive partner, Sloan Valve Company.