NextGen Passive Guard Dog Shut-off Valves Installed in New Smart Home in Laureate Park at Lake Nona
ORLANDO — Guard Dog Valves, Inc., providing a new patented motion-sensor toilet shut-off valve that stops water waste from occurring, officially made the debut of its next generation passive water valve at the WHIT Home in the Laureate Park neighborhood of Lake Nona.
The WHIT (Wellness Home Innovation Technology) Home is a first-of-its-kind built on innovation and technology with every detail designed to inspire a healthier life. The home is engineered to sleep, breathe and eat your way to a healthier life.
Special features of the WHIT Home include circadian lighting, air and water purification systems and an interactive digital cook top. The Next Gen Guard Dog Valve is the first water conservation product installed in a WHIT Home. The valves stop water waste from occurring and also prevent water damage from happening.
Joe Guidish, Chief Financial Officer at Guard Dog Valves, Inc., said his firm’s next generation passive water valve is the first that runs specifically off of batteries, “so there’s no more rolling up the sleeves for installation.”
Working closely with UCF’s Department of Engineering, the Guard Dog was developed to only allow water to flow into the toilet when it senses someone is in the bathroom.
Guard Dog is the first product that has combined both water damage prevention and water conservation, according to Guidish.
“It’s a huge honor that the WHIT Home at Laureate Park team considered our valves for the home,” said Guidish, adding “and it’s always encouraging to see more importance placed on stopping unnecessary energy and water waste.”
Based on the EPA, nearly 30 percent of the water used in households gets flushed down the toilet. With over a trillion gallons of water being wasted annually in homes, it becomes apparent how much waste is occurring from malfunctioning toilet systems (leaking flappers, bad seals, hose line breaks). “If a leak was to occur from the stem or the tank itself, the valve would eliminate the continuous flow of water,” Guidish explained.
The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) has projected that by 2035, Central Florida will grow from 2.7 to 4.1 million people, requiring over 250 million more gallons than the aquifer even has in it to be pumped. Guard Dog aims to help this dire outlook by stopping the waste of fresh water flowing through our toilets
Guard Dog Valves is a client company of the UCF Business Incubation Program in Kissimmee at 111 E. Monument Ave. Visit www.GuardDogValves.com
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For more information, media contacts —
Joe Guidish, CFO, Guard Dog Valves, (239) 777-0443 Joe@guarddogvalves.com
Jim Bowie, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, (407) 343-4300 Jim.Bowie@ucf.edu
Beth Payan or Larry Vershel, Larry Vershel Commuications Inc 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com
About Guard Dog Valves
Guard Dog Valves assembles and sells patented water control valves for toilets, complete bathrooms and the whole house or building. The patented technology of the device only allows water to flow when using these rooms. Water is shut off at the source when these facilities are not occupied or in use. The company’s products reduce water bills and prevent loss and damage from flooding.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51B on regional sales and $2.48B on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.