Residential CircuitSolver Installation Case Study: The Austonian in Austin, TX

Residential CircuitSolver Installation Case Study – The Austonian in Austin, TX

Below is a CircuitSolver® success story brought to you from the lone star state:

Located in the heart of Austin, TX, The Austonian is a premier luxury residence boasting 360° views, unparalleled amenities, and a Four Star rating from Austin Energy Green Building. Towering over downtown at 683 feet tall, The Austonian is the tallest residential tower West of the Mississippi River.

Despite its laundry list of amenities, The Austonian’s managers were not satisfied with hot water delivery time to the building’s units. In some cases, 2-3 minutes were needed for warm water to reach fixtures.

A team of engineers was assembled and tasked with finding a solution and improving hot water delivery times.

With more than 50 floors to retrofit, the CircuitSolver® was deemed the ideal and only solution to The Austonian’s domestic hot water system challenge.

Hot water distribution lines had originally been placed in corridor ceilings and branched into residential units during construction. Certified plumbers installed CircuitSolvers® in each unit’s ceiling near the hot water return line. Located behind false air vents for easy access, shut-off valves were placed on either side of the CircuitSolvers® for ease of maintenance in the future.

A majority of the work done was in corridors and access to private residences had to be scheduled. Fortunately construction time in residences was minimized due to CircuitSolver’s® simple installation and set-up.

Residential CircuitSolver Installation Case Study: The Austonian in Austin, TX
The Austonian

Residents are reportedly pleased with improved hot water delivery times following CircuitSolver® installation. Units with wait times of multiple minutes saw a dramatic reduction, and fixtures now reach proper temperature in 20-30 seconds. A reduction of water waste and the implementation of lower horsepower pumps has also resulted in significant utility cost savings.

This success story is one among many, and thousands of installations around the country benefit from implementing the CircuitSolver®.

Should you have any questions about implementing the CircuitSolver®, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of product experts.

Drain Tempering Valve FAQs

Drain Tempering Valve FAQs

As a component of their normal operation, commercial equipment such as dishwashers, combi ovens, and steam humidifiers discharge super heated steam and water. This effluent needs to be tempered down before going to drain and entering public sewers. ThermOmegaTech® offers the drain tempering valve (DTV) to simplify this process and comply with drain temperature limitations of international plumbing codes.

See some FAQs about the DTV below.

Drain Tempering Valve FAQs

FAQ #1: When should the DTV be used?

A DTV should be used in any application where drain effluent with temperatures exceeding 140°F must be cooled prior to entering a public sewer in accordance with plumbing codes.

Failure to comply with these temperature limitations may lead to failed inspections, fines, and damage to PVC piping or equipment.


FAQ #2: How does the DTV work?

The DTV is installed into the drain line so that the hot effluent passes over the thermostatic actuator to constantly monitor drain water temperature. When effluent temperatures rise above the valve’s set-point, the valve will automatically modulate open to allow cold water to flow into the drain, cooling the effluent.

Once the effluent’s temperature falls below the set-point, the DTV modulates closed, cutting off cold water flow to conserve water.


FAQ #3: Can the DTV handle steam?

Yes, the DTV can handle fluid temperatures up to 250°F.


FAQ #4: What sizes are available? 

The DTV is offered in 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ sizes in both brass and stainless steel.


FAQ #5: How do I select a size?

Use our online DTV Flow Calculator! To view the calculator, click here.


Reliable and self-operating, the DTV ensures drain water temperatures comply with internationally mandated plumbing regulations.

For more information on the DTV or these Drain Tempering Valve FAQs, we invite you to visit our website or to contact our team of product experts.