January 04, 2018

Hands-free, dual-flush flushometers? Check out L.A.’s new Union Station.

There are lots of reasons to love the newly remodeled Union Station Los Angeles. The website calls the station “Where Los Angeles Begins,” and that truly captures the building’s essence. It’s historic—packed with dining, arts, entertainment and culture—and makes a dazzling first impression on anyone arriving in L.A. by train.

There are plenty of highlights for architects, designers and engineers, too. The interior motif is a vibrant hybrid of Southwestern and Art Deco styles, while the layout ingeniously accommodates the contrary demands of people who want to stay for a performance and others who just want to get to their trains.

In the restrooms, there’s another feature that should interest anyone who creates commercial bathroomshands-free Sloan ECOS® dual-flush flushometers that combine water savings with touchless hygiene.

Hands-free and dual-flush? How does that work?

If you know anything about modern flushometers, you might say, Wait a second—how can a flushometer be both hands-free and dual-flush?

Sloan’s hands-free sensor flushometers set the standard for hygienic convenience. They can’t transmit germs because the user never touches them.

Sloan’s dual-flush Uppercut® flushometers let the user choose between pulling up for a smaller liquid-waste flush and pushing down for a larger solid-waste flush. This breakthrough design saves water, but it requires the user to touch the handle.

How can the ECOS flushometer be both hands-free and dual-flush? Because it’s smart. The sensor doesn’t just “decide” when to flush—it decides how much to flush, based on how long the user remains in range.

The evolution of dual-flush technology

If you sit for less than a minute, the sensor initiates a 1.1-gallon liquid-waste flush. Sit for more than a minute, and the sensor initiates a 1.6-gallon solid-waste flush. (If you disagree with the sensor’s “decision,” you can choose your own flush with top-mounted buttons.) The flushometer’s advanced technology cuts water consumption by more than 30% every time it initiates a lower flush volume.

“The ECOS is really the next step in the evolution of dual-flush technology,” says Sloan product line manager Mike Gipson. “The Uppercut requires an educated user who knows when to pull up or down. With the ECOS, the user doesn’t have to get involved. All they have to do is stand up.”

How ECOS flushometers save water for Union Station Los Angeles

Union Station Los Angeles gets up to 100,000 visitors every day. How does the advanced dual-flush technology of the ECOS flushometer translate into water savings?

Based on standard industry assumptions, female water closet users require a shorter flush for two out of every three uses. (Men are assumed to use urinals for liquid waste.) If each female visitor uses the toilet once per visit:

50,000 users x 2/3 = 33,333 smaller flushes

33,333 x 0.5 gallons = 16,667 gallons saved per day

Considering that Southern California just emerged from a five-year drought, saving more than 16,000 gallons a day—without compromising on hygiene—makes the ECOS flushometer a sound, sustainable choice for this newly renovated icon of Los Angeles history.

Want to know more about Sloan innovations that save building owners billions of gallons of water every year? Talk to Sloan!

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