Erosion Control, Drainage, & LID

Water management of record record rainfall events. Combine passive sand filtration treatment, integral water storage of 2.5 gallons per square foot, stored water reuse through sub-irrigation and a drainage pipe that cannot plug and you have the world’s best water management system to address erosion and drainage issues. For additional information on its impact see the IECA paper and Drainage dynamics Paper in the resource section.

 

Agriculture

The ECS system is an advanced form of Sand Hydroponics. Publicly introduced in 1999, it is a scientific breakthrough in how plants are grown, watered and provided with nutrients. In large scale installations throughout the world, especially in desert climates, sustainable projects from landscaping, sports fields, and in agriculture the system showed reduced water usage  by 50-80% when compared to drip or sprinkler systems, used less fertilizers yet produced a larger quantity and better plant quality. Watering frequency is also reduced to once per week watering in desert environments when temperatures exceed 90°F.

 

Parks / Fields

Multifunctional parks and fields create opportunities beyond traditional turfgrass recreation and beautiful landscaping. ECS systems enable parks and fields to function as a stormwater treatment system, with irrigation needs reduced to 50-85% less water than traditional top-down systems. Collaboration with ECS enables parks and fields to save costs in water use, eliminate single –serving land uses, decrease grey infrastructure and provide added value in all green spaces. ECS systems provide a non-pressurized, gravity driven irrigation and exceptional drainage system that has no moving parts, no surface emitters or drip lines to vandalize or damage.

 

Residences / Estates

Green landscaping around homes not only improves aesthetics and home values, but actually reduces the ambient temperature in the home envelope by better than 10 degrees. While conventional trends dictate xeriscape landscaping for perceived water savings, ECS systems can actually provide lush landscapes with even less potable water use. All landscaping irrigation needs in ECS systems for sub-divisions or individual lots can actually be accomplished through storm water capture and retention techniques and even supplemental reuse of shower water without public health issues or concerns.

 

Septic

The unique and proven properties of ECS technology will become the eventual new standard in Leach Line Construction as the technology becomes more widely known by Health Department Regulators and tried with an expanding consumer base. The simplicity of design, the reliance on gravity and capillary physics as the operating forces, and cost savings in installation and subsequent maintenance will make ECS the product of choice by design engineers, owners, and installers.

Artificial Cooling

 The largest negative feature of artificial turf surfaces is the high temperature rise of the infill material on sunny days. Various measurements and studies have demonstrated that temperature can quickly exceed 120° F when ambient air temperatures of the surroundings are as low as 80° F and even rise to above 150° F when ambient air temperatures approach 90° F on sunny days.
Extensive temperature measurement tests on identical test plots were conducted June 22-27 in a suburb of Phoenix AZ. The purpose was to measure temperature differentials between a conventional Field Turf Infill material and foundation versus a Field Turf Infill surface constructed over an EPIC foundation. Test results subsequently verified by an independent testing laboratory showed significant cooling of the infill material by 25.8° – 28.6° F degrees, and an infrared cooling reduction of 20.0° – 24.8° F degrees when conventional Field Turf fabric and Infill material is placed over and EPIC base. Additionally when a modification of the conventional infill material was made, temperature reduction by 50.7° F degrees in the infill material and 42.1° F degrees in the infra-red emissions were observed.

Storm Water Management

An inch of rain over a one square foot surface produces 0.62 gallons of essentially pure distilled water. Yet culturally and from a civil engineering perspective the traditional ingrained philosophy is that storm water is a waste product that must be removed and shed from the property as quickly as possible. The philosophy evolved to elaborate systems that move water away from developed property. ECS systems opened the doors for efficient capture, passive treatment and reuse of storm water directly. The system acts as a pre-filter for run-off prior to storage and then flips as a 100% efficient irrigation system during dry periods. ECS systems are true water management of a valuable resource. At a retail cost of $1.00 per gallon for distilled water, what is the value lost on your property from the next rain event?

 

Golf

Whether you are building a green or perfectly level tee boxes that are never sprinklered from above, or in need of drainage pipe that never plugs your bunkers or low lying areas then EPIC is a must. The unique and proven drainage and irrigation properties of EPIC technology will become the eventual standard in Golf construction once the technology becomes more widely known and tried with an expanding consumer base. The simplicity of design, the reliance on gravity and capillary physics as the operating forces, and cost savings in installation and subsequent maintenance will make EPIC the product of choice by architects, owners, and superintendents.

 

Green Roof

The EPIC system has the versatility to grow any plant on a green roof, not just succulents. The total weight at saturation is 120 lbs per square foot plus the weight of vegetation and trees. The green roof can act as your storm water management and offset ambient temperature reflection caused by the urban heat island effect.