Buildings Patents (Class 137/357)
  • Patent number: 10798886
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for recycling and reusing water from sprinkler systems to water or irrigate a yard or an area of land. The system includes a water reclamation tank that stores water captured from beneath the area of land. When it is time to water the area of land, the sprinkler system draws water from the water reclamation tank. A portion of this water is then recaptured and supplied back to the water reclamation tank for further storage until the next time the sprinkler system is activated. This cyclical process occurs repeatedly and enables a significant reduction in the amount of freshly supplied water used to maintain the area of land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Austin Russell
  • Patent number: 10704234
    Abstract: A precipitation reclamation system includes a downspout adapter configured to receive runoff precipitation from a precipitation channel for a structure. The downspout adapter is configured to attach to the structure at a vent that places an interior of the structure in communication with an area external to the structure. A reclamation chamber is disposed within an appliance housing. The reclamation chamber has a pump. A reclamation conduit extends from the downspout adapter to the reclamation chamber and is configured to direct the precipitation to the reclamation chamber to define reclaimed water. The pump is adapted to deliver the reclaimed water from the reclamation chamber to a portion of the structure for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Baer, Andria Bauman, Jason Schneemann, Ronald L. Voglewede, Elizabeth Bourgeois, Eric J. Bowler
  • Patent number: 10641550
    Abstract: A drying apparatus promotes drying of a wet item while protecting a surrounding environment from moisture escaping the wet item as it dries. The apparatus includes a waterproof casing comprising one or more waterproof materials and constructed (a) to receive a wet item and (b) prevent the moisture in the wet item from contacting items in the surrounding environment. The waterproof casing also includes a drain structure at one end having an opening through which moisture from the wet item escapes the drying apparatus and one or more rigid structures extending from within the waterproof casing through the opening to create a pathway for the escaping moisture. The drying apparatus also has an intake vent positioned to draw air into the drying apparatus and direct the air over the wet item within the apparatus and through the opening in the drain structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Dylan John Reed
  • Patent number: 10538388
    Abstract: A modular building system or storage system is disclosed with a number of stacks of containers as shown in FIG. 2, the stacks being positioned within a frame structure having uprights and a horizontal grid disposed above the stacks, the grid having substantially perpendicular rails on which load handling devices can run. Containers having functions associated with a number of residential or commercial uses are moved in to and out of the stacks by the robotic handling devices running on the grid. The containers disposed in the stacks are selected by function on demand by a user. In this way the building is reconfigurable to take in to account required uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Clarke, Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, James Waddilove, Jonty Angel
  • Patent number: 10413478
    Abstract: A tool for use on safety showers may include a funnel, a drain system, a base, and a height adjustment mechanism. The funnel has an interior with a width wider than a showerhead of the safety shower, so that a showerhead may fit within or seal against the interior of the funnel. The drain system connected to conduct a flow from the funnel. The base supports the drain system and the funnel and may be placed on a floor beneath the showerhead, and the height adjustment mechanism may be coupled to control a height of the funnel and control sealing pressure that the funnel applies to a showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Aaron N. Davis
  • Patent number: 10376706
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for operating a restroom appliance. The system includes a valve configured to control flow of a fluid to the restroom appliance by a valve operation, an actuator configured to request the valve operation, an indicator arranged as a ring surrounding the actuator, and at least one controller in communication with the actuator, the valve, and the indicator, the at least one controller programmed or configured to: cause the valve operation based at least partially on input received through the actuator, and control the indicator to display at least one visual state based at least partially on the valve operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SDB IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Rock R. Allard, III
  • Patent number: 10358802
    Abstract: A shower head water collection structure includes a curved pendant, a fixing member, a temperature sensor, a temperature display, a pipe, and a water collection tank. The curved pendant is a hollow housing having a semi-circular arc shape. The curved pendant has an opening at a top thereof and a plurality of through holes at a bottom thereof. One side of the curved pendant is recessed downward from the top to form a curved groove portion for placement of a shower head. The temperature display displays the temperature of the water flowing out of the shower head detected by the temperature sensor. The pipe has one end connected to the bottom of the curved pendant and another end connected to the water collection tank. The initial water flow of the shower head flows through the through holes and the pipe to the water collection tank for recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAVE WATER DOT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsi-Ying Chiu
  • Patent number: 10175703
    Abstract: A digitally controlled current to pressure converter (CPC) and method of controlling same is provided. The method of controlling includes the step of periodically imparting symmetrically-opposed movement of a control valve of the CPC to loosen and flush accumulated silt therefrom. More particularly, the method may include the step of periodically introducing a small-amplitude symmetrically-opposed impulse to a controller that actuates a hydraulic control shaft of a three-way rotary valve. Also provided is a method of preventing malfunction due to faulty input or feedback signals received by the CPC, and a method of detecting the health status of multiple CPCs when used in a redundant configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin E. Greeb
  • Patent number: 10043227
    Abstract: A real estate unit in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology includes an interior space within a commercial building, and a reusable bathroom removably disposed within the commercial building. The commercial building can include a wall between the interior space and an outdoor area. The wall can include an opening having a width within a range from two meters to seven meters. The real estate unit can further include a reusable barrier stationarily and removably disposed between the interior space and the outdoor area. A primary egress path from the interior space to the outdoor area can extend through the opening and through the reusable barrier. In at least some cases, the interior space is a purpose-built loading, storage, parking, and/or vehicle-servicing space. The real estate unit can be a lodging unit, a rentable residential unit, a rentable office unit, and/or a rentable assembly unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore W. Baker
  • Patent number: 10033970
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device (IED) includes an image capture module configured for capturing images or video in a location of the IED. The IED may also include a heat sensor for sensing heat inside or outside a housing of the IED. In one application, these techniques are implemented in IEDs such as electrical power and energy meters and used to control access to reset, configuration, billing, communication, and data acquisition/processing functions of the meters. Additionally, image processing techniques are employed by the IED to detect events in an electrical distribution system and implement control functions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 10017920
    Abstract: A rainwater collection system has at least one storage tank, a conveyance line, and a drain emitter. The conveyance line transfers collected water to the at least one storage tank. The drain emitter is connected to the conveyance line such that a primary portion of the collected water flows into the at least one storage tank and a secondary portion of the collected water flows out of the conveyance line through the drain emitter. The secondary portion is removed at a preset emitter flow rate sufficient to drain standing water from the conveyance line to prevent freezing of standing water within the conveyance line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Jacob (CJ) Huxford
  • Patent number: 9963863
    Abstract: Provided is a system, method, and apparatus for preventing repeated use of a restroom appliance with visual feedback. The system includes a valve configured to control flow of a fluid by at least one valve operation, an actuator configured to request a use of the restroom appliance, at least one indicator configured to display at least three different visual states, and at least one controller in communication with the actuator, the valve, and the at least one indicator. The at least one controller is programmed or configured to control the at least one indicator to display a first visual state, receive a plurality of requests to operate the restroom appliance exceeding a maximum number of valve operations, perform a first valve operation in response to receiving a first request, and control the at least one indicator to display a second visual state in response to performing the first valve operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SDB IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Rock R. Allard, III
  • Patent number: 9852481
    Abstract: Methods and systems to minimize energy cost in response to time-varying energy prices are presented for a variety of different pricing scenarios. A cascaded model predictive control system is disclosed comprising an inner controller and an outer controller. The inner controller controls power use using a derivative of a temperature setpoint and the outer controller controls temperature via a power setpoint or power deferral. An optimization procedure is used to minimize a cost function within a time horizon subject to temperature constraints, equality constraints, and demand charge constraints. Equality constraints are formulated using system model information and system state information whereas demand charge constraints are formulated using system state information and pricing information. A masking procedure is used to invalidate demand charge constraints for inactive pricing periods including peak, partial-peak, off-peak, critical-peak, and real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Turney, Michael J. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 9739041
    Abstract: A flush toilet comprised of a tank having a first compartment for holding a first type of water, and a second compartment for holding a second type of water. The first compartment is separated from the second compartment by a divider that prevents the first type of water from mixing with the second type of water. The first type of water can be city water while the second type of water can be rainwater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Verhaverbeke
  • Patent number: 9302828
    Abstract: A device for discharging water from an inner space of a temporary water retention tank through a first discharge passage (2), characterized in that it comprises: a conduit (1) laid out for ensuring fluidic communication between the inner space and the first discharge passage (2), the conduit (1) having an inner section (12), the surface area of which increases in the direction of flow of the water in the conduit towards the first discharge passage (2) and an obturator (3) positioned inside the conduit (1), and controlled so as to be moved inside the conduit (1) according to the water level in the inner space, the displacement of the obturator (3) in the conduit (1) allowing regulation of the leak rate through the first discharge passage (2) regardless of the water level in the inner space between a first level and a second water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SARL LE PRIEURE
    Inventor: Raphael Lame
  • Patent number: 9305136
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for determining a layout and wiring estimation for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a building are described herein. One method includes receiving information from a building information model associated with a building, receiving information from a pre-engineering tool associated with the building, and determining a layout and wiring estimation for an HVAC system of the building based, at least in part, on the information from the building information model and the information from the pre-engineering tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sabari K M, Naga Sundar, Kirupakar J, Rajesh Kulandaivel Sankarapandian, Raveendran Manickam
  • Patent number: 9289803
    Abstract: A dispenser and procedure for disinfecting and cleaning air conditioner condensation drainage lines and other condensation drainage lines. The dispenser can be installed at any convenient location on any floor of a home or other building, regardless of whether the location is below, above, or at the same elevation as the inlet of the condensation drainage line. The dispenser includes a liquid pump for delivering an amount of treatment fluid into a treatment delivery line and an air pump for pushing the dose of treatment fluid through the treatment delivery line and into the condensation drainage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Steve A. Parks
  • Patent number: 9194540
    Abstract: A transportable insulated water collection and storage apparatus that includes a reservoir deimitable by arrangement of a plurality of insulated, impermeable, lightweight panels, each of said panels having a foam core and a ceramic exterior adhered to the foam core by engagment around a mesh overlay disposed surficially upon said foam core, wherein runoff collected over a particular catchment is drainable through an inflow into the reservoir for storage and subsequent usage, as desired, a pump member forcibly drains water through an outflow when activated, and a cover member supportively maintains vegetative cover thereon conjunct a maximum water level, whereby rainwater and runoff is collectable and conveniently storable in a reservoir readily erectable and transportable, and thereby customizeable to a particular landscape, as desired, for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: William Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 9140277
    Abstract: A leak diverter includes a liquid collection tray structured and arranged to be positioned below and supported by a suspended ceiling; a drain in flow communication with the liquid collection tray; and a plurality of magnetic suspension assemblies connected to the liquid collection tray, the magnetic suspension assemblies being structured and arranged to magnetically couple the leak diverter to a support frame in the suspended ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy R. McMillen, Matthew A. Romito
  • Patent number: 9097357
    Abstract: An apparatus consisting of check valves (1, 2, 3) and one or more pressure tanks (4) plumbed into a water service line to provide a method of storing, reserving and delivering said stored water through the water service line to both the water user and the water supply. This method and apparatus can be used for emergency water supply by the water user or reduce water peak demand challenges caused by fluctuating water pressure if used extensively throughout a water supply system. This method and apparatus can create individual water storage collectives that can share water between users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Hugh Humphreys, III
  • Publication number: 20150143757
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston, Alan Shaidle
  • Patent number: 9022052
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and premade and/or prepositioned kits for bypassing damaged or blocked standpipes during fire or other emergencies to quickly restore water supply near the location of the fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: James Robert Wendling
  • Patent number: 8973313
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston, Alan Shaidle
  • Patent number: 8950428
    Abstract: An automatic rain barrel is disclosed, providing the ability to easily use a mix of rainwater and water from another source for tasks such as watering landscaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: George Sly
  • Patent number: 8925575
    Abstract: A system for rainwater harvesting utilizes a rain barrel adapted for collecting and storing rainwater runoff gravity-fed from a rooftop through a downspout. A downspout diverter comprises an inlet section, an outlet section, and an elongated connector section interconnecting the inlet section and the outlet section. The inlet section has a first open end adapted for communicating with an end of the downspout and a second open end communicating with an inlet opening formed with the rain barrel. The outlet section of the diverter has a first open end communicating with an outlet (or, overflow) opening formed with the rain barrel and a second open end for directing rainwater outwardly from the rain barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Green Rain Barrel Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph W. Taborek, Keith Richard Radt, Paul Michael Elhardt
  • Patent number: 8881756
    Abstract: A system for rainwater harvesting includes a rain barrel adapted for collecting and storing rainwater runoff gravity-fed from a rooftop through a downspout. A substantially rigid downspout diverter comprises an inlet section, an overflow section, and an elongated connector section interconnecting the inlet section and the overflow section. The inlet section has a first end adapted for communicating with an end of the downspout and a second end communicating with an inlet opening formed with the rain barrel. The overflow section has a first end communicating with an overflow opening formed with the rain barrel and a second end extending away from the rain barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Green Rain Barrel Incorporated
    Inventor: Joseph W. Taborek
  • Publication number: 20140326331
    Abstract: A system for collecting and accumulating excess water from one or more in-building sources and delivering it to one or more flushing toilet tanks and possibly also to one or more other in-building consumption devices, such as washing machines or utility faucets. The in-building sources may include any of condensate from an air conditioner, cool water in a hot water supply pipe emerging during initial flow, treated waste water and collected rain- or snow water. At the heart of the disclosed system is an accumulation tank of large capacity, having at least two inlets and at least one outlet. One of the inlets is connected to the main water supply system and includes a valve, configured to let fresh water flow into the main tank whenever the level of the water stored therein falls below a given height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Izchak Gago Mimone
  • Patent number: 8869821
    Abstract: A pre-rinse assembly including: a base and a vertically disposed riser pipe for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end secured at its proximal end to the base. A hose assembly for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end which may be secured at its proximal end to the distal end of the vertically disposed riser pipe and a spray head assembly for expelling water therethrough may be secured to the distal end of the hose assembly. A telescoping arm assembly having a proximal end which may be pivotally mounted on the vertically disposed riser pipe and a distal end which may be pivotally mounted on the distal end of the hose or the spray head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Publication number: 20140261768
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a drainage channel in a floor member of a screened enclosure wall frame. The drainage channel facilitates drainage (typically of water from inside the screened enclosure to outside the screened enclosure), while also providing a barrier to insects and other pests. In a first embodiment, the drainage channel includes gate openings and corresponding gates disposed directly onto each side of a floor member of a screen frame. A variant of the first embodiment includes a weeping slot on at least one side of the drainage channel. In second and third embodiments, a section of the floor member is replaced with a drain insert. A drainage channel in the drain insert may include one or more gate openings and associated gates. The drainage channel in the drain insert may also include one or more weeping slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: James E. Wilson, Barbara M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8789554
    Abstract: An adaptor accommodates both of the most predominant sizes of downspouts and, when positioned between an upper and lower section, diverts rainwater through an opening in a sidewall to a collection system such as one or more rain barrels. Preferably, the collection system is attached to a soaker hose which provides on-demand irrigation of a treated plot of soil. A central passageway accommodates rainwater which exceeds the capacity of the collection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Emsco, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M Oas
  • Patent number: 8741132
    Abstract: Device (V) for catching rainwater from a downpipe (F) comprising an opening (11), a branch pipe (5) with a sickle-shaped water-catching blade (12) comprising two halves at the end, a support member (1) traversed by the branch pipe (5) and a retainer. The branch pipe (5) engaging into the opening (11) with the water-catching blade (12) placed in the downpipe, and wherein the downpipe (F) can be fixed in the area of the support member (1) covering the opening (11) by means of the retainer (H). The retainer (H) comprises at least one undercut engagement hook (17) that can be passed through the opening (11), and an engagement hook tensioning system (S) interconnected between the support member (1) and the engagement hook (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Otto Graf GmbH
    Inventor: Otto P. Graf
  • Publication number: 20140130923
    Abstract: A flow guider has a guiding body, a blade edge and two tips. The guiding body has two guiding surfaces configured symmetrically with each other. Each guiding surface is convex. The blade edge is curved, is formed between and connects the guiding surfaces and has two opposite ends. The tips are formed respectively at the ends of the blade edge and each tip merges the guiding surfaces and one end of the blade edge. The flow guider divides and guides oncoming airflow or waterflow to smoothly pass across the flow guider with reduced turbulence so that vehicles or bridge piers mounted with the flow guiders suffer less vibration, shaking and damage when encountering airflow or waterflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Chuan Hu
  • Patent number: 8689820
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Pneumatic System that can be employed within the residential environment. The system includes both a section mode and a pressure mode. Both of these modes, in turn, have both a low and a high pressure range. A variety of applications are disclosed for use in conjunction with the various modes of the system. These various applications are described in greater detail hereinafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: WFK & Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8689819
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rainwater catchment apparatus that is easily installed without renovating a building. The rainwater catchment apparatus comprises a rainwater inlet for introducing rainwater, a flange portion engaged with a peripheral portion of a rainwater outlet serving as a leading end of a drainage canal formed in a building framework for introducing rainwater in the rainwater inlet, a drain portion for discharging excessive water exceeding a predetermined level to the drainage canal, a reservoir freely fitted into the drainage canal through the rainwater outlet, and a pumping mechanism for pumping water stored in the reservoir to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Masaki Hashimoto, Yoshiro Miyake
  • Patent number: 8667978
    Abstract: A methods and system detecting water system leaks provides detecting of water leakage having very low flows. Very low flow leaks are detected by detecting drops in a building water system pressure when the water supply source is disabled. The water system is disabled by an electrically controllable valve, which may be turned off in response to a motion detector that detects that no human activity is present in the building. The rate of pressure drop is used to determine the magnitude of the leak, and multiple thresholds can be used to detect slow leaks versus more serious leaks. A humidity detector may also be incorporated in the system to detect abnormal humidity conditions and shut the electrically controllable valve in response. Appliance current consumption can be detected and used to override motion-sensor based shut-off of the valve, so that water-consuming appliances can continue to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Brent Ford
  • Patent number: 8550109
    Abstract: A gas meter device is provided which is configured in a manner that even if a user takes an unauthorized action such as the removal of a gas meter device in order to use gas without authorization, since the generation of a particular flow-rate change profile different from a normal flow-rate change profile of a gas appliance is detected, the sign of the tamper of the gas can be detected, whereby the tamper of the gas can be prevented. The gas meter device includes an appliance determining unit 6 for determining a gas appliance being used and a tamper determining unit 7 which determines that the gas is used without authorization in the case where the particular flow-rate change profile different from an appliance determining value registered in a registration storage unit 5 is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hajime Miyata, Youichi Itou, Kenichi Kamon
  • Publication number: 20130248016
    Abstract: A pipe of diameter significantly less than that of the downpipe is inserted up from the bottom of the downpipe and extends up the inside of the downpipe. The upper face of this inner tube is sealed so that water does not pour into its end. The wall of the inner tube is perforated so that water can flow into it from the sides as and when the downpipe fills with water to that level. The other end of this tube is in communication with the water butt allowing the water to flow from the downpipe to the water butt until the levels equalize or that in the downpipe falls below the level of said perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Douglas Blair
  • Patent number: 8528263
    Abstract: Rainwater diverter comprises a base member and a sleeve member. The base member includes a tubular conduit having an upper end and a lower end sized to closely fit within an upper end of a lower downspout section. Surrounding the tubular conduit is a fluid chamber having an open upper end and a closed bottom, and a discharge opening adjacent the bottom. The sleeve member has a lower end sized to have a close sliding fit inside the open upper end of the chamber, and an upper end sized to have a close sliding fit over a lower end of an upper downspout section. The sleeve member is shaped to provide a narrow gap between the sleeve member and the upper end of the tubular conduit leading into the chamber surrounding the tubular conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Oatey Co.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Schmidt, Robert P. Shade
  • Patent number: 8517047
    Abstract: A rainwater regulating system is described. An object of this invention to provide an attachment for rain gutters that allows for easy collections of rainwater into a rain barrel. It is another object of the invention to provide a gutter attachment that does not need to be removed in cold weather. It is yet another object of this invention to provide a gutter attachment that screens out debris from water prior to allowing water to enter the water barrel; said debris can be easily cleaned without removing the attachment or disturbing the barrel. It is another objective of the invention to provide a gutter attachment that allows overflow to easily flow through the gutter without causing structural damage to either the barrel or the gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Soo Teoh
  • Patent number: 8496023
    Abstract: A temporary drainage system for draining rain water that flows into a floor under construction to an outside of a building during construction of a multiple-story building includes: a flexible drainage collection hose connected to a penetration hole formed in a floor slab of the floor under construction; a sand-settling vessel provided on a floor slab of a constructed floor of the building and connected to the drainage collection hose; a drainage pit provided on a lowest floor of the building to store drainage water discharged from the sand-settling vessel through a drainage hose; and a drainage pump provided in the drainage pit. The drainage water collected into the drainage pit is discharged to the outside of the building by an operation of the drainage pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Honda
  • Publication number: 20130104994
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston
  • Patent number: 8424557
    Abstract: A downspout water collection and overflow system employs a downspout water diversion and overflow device which includes a body displacing a downspout section, and a plate supported in the body. The body, being hollow, has upper, lower and side portions defining top, bottom and side openings. The plate is inclined to extend laterally across the body between the upper and lower portions and through the side opening of the side portion. The plate blocks flow of water directly from the top to bottom opening of the body, diverting water flow through the side opening to a storage tank. The plate divides the side opening into upper and lower passages which allows inflow of water from the upper body portion through the upper passage above the plate to the tank and overflow of water from the tank through the lower passage below the plate to the lower body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Donald J. Russell
  • Publication number: 20130081250
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for attachment of a fire protection sprinkler fitting to the wall-ceiling junction of existing buildings. In a J-fitting assembly of a sprinkler system is coupled to a water supply and has an exposed sprinkler head connected to it, the attachment apparatus includes a guide channel coupled to the J-fitting to facilitate fastening the fitting to the internal structure of the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: THE WANDA GROUP
    Inventors: Wayne R. JOHNSTON, Alan G. JOHNSTON
  • Patent number: 8402990
    Abstract: A fueling station comprising an above-ground tank, above-ground piping, and above-ground fuel pump modules adapted for easy construction, installation, and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Perrien
  • Patent number: 8397746
    Abstract: A system for rainwater harvesting includes a rain barrel adapted for collecting and storing rainwater runoff gravity-fed from a rooftop through a downspout. A substantially rigid downspout diverter comprises an inlet section, an overflow section, and an elongated connector section interconnecting the inlet section and the overflow section. The inlet section has a first end adapted for communicating with an end of the downspout and a second end communicating with an inlet opening formed with the rain barrel. The overflow section has a first end communicating with an overflow opening formed with the rain barrel and a second end extending away from the rain barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Green Rain Barrel Incorporated
    Inventor: Joseph W. Taborek
  • Publication number: 20130048103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Pneumatic System that can be employed within the residential environment. The system includes both a section mode and a pressure mode. Both of these modes, in turn, have both a low and a high pressure range. A variety of applications are disclosed for use in conjunction with the various modes of the system. These various applications are described in greater detail hereinafter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: WFK & ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130020241
    Abstract: A gutter shield device comprising a first body portion and a second body portion laterally bordering an intermediate body portion that includes a perforated plane out of which arises upward protruding elements that contact the undersurface of a micro-mesh or screen filter comprised of eighty or more threads per inch. The gutter shield includes on the bottom of it's perforated plane at least one downwardly extending element to interdict and redirect downward any forward flowing water present on the underside of the perforated plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Higginbotham
  • Patent number: 8316601
    Abstract: A drainage system comprising a frame and a plurality of drainage basins. The frame has at least three pairs of frame engaging elements. Each drainage basin has an outer and an inner surface. Additionally each has a central region with first and second side ends, as well as, first and second frame engaging structures. The first frame engaging structure is positioned at the first side end and includes an inwardly directed leg having a retention lip engagement flange configured to engage one of the frame engaging elements. The second frame engaging structure is positioned at the second side end and includes an inwardly directed leg having an inboard retention lip engagement nub and an outboard retention lip engagement flange configured to engage opposing adjacent frame engaging elements. A slot covering flange extends over the first frame engaging structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Tony Cobb
  • Publication number: 20120279583
    Abstract: A device for being received within a downspout of a rain gutter assembly is provided. The device is configured for being received in a downspout of the type having an inlet at a top portion thereof and an outlet at a bottom portion thereof. The device includes a housing defining a longitudinally extending passageway for allowing flow of uncollected water therethrough, at least one laterally extending collection aperture defined in the housing for allowing flow of collected water therethrough, a collection chamber in communication with the at least one drain for collecting water, and a drain outlet in communication with the chamber for allowing flow of collected water therethrough. A storage tank such as a flexible bladder may also be provided. The storage tank may be in communication with a siphon pump assembly. The storage tank may also be provided with a camouflaging pattern and ultraviolet and rot resistant materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Bradley Forrest
  • Publication number: 20120266968
    Abstract: A drain system, in an elevator system, is an open system wherein extinguishing water penetrating through a shaft door sill having bores meets a catch plate arranged underneath the shaft door sill and can be substantially discharged along at least one shaft wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Hanspeter Bloch