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Triton Stormwater Solutions founder's stormwater problems spurred invention

When Joe Miskovich moved into a new house five years ago, he quickly realized he had a drainage problem when a torrential downpour wreaked havoc on his property.

“It looked like someone was pouring chocolate milk into my lake,” he said.

Miskovich, an automotive engineer at the time, decided against looking into existing commercial stormwater management systems. Instead, he designed his own.

In August 2007, Miskovich’s new company, Triton Stormwater Solutions, started selling his new stormwater management system. The Brighton-based firm has completed 16 commercial projects and 10 residential projects.

Miskovich’s engineering background with local auto suppliers such as Hella North America gave him the experience necessary to design his new system.

It’s the kind of entrepreneurial transition that Michigan is hoping its strong base of engineers can make.

“It really didn’t matter if I was making a stormwater chamber or if I was making an accelerator pedal or a truck bed box,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter as long as you know what the parameters need to be and what is required of the product in the field.”

Triton is supported by a sales team in Brighton with a manufacturing operation in Ohio. Miskovich declined to reveal revenue figures, but one published report indicated the figure could reach $1 million over a 12-month period. Miskovich said he’s expecting growth of between 20 percent to 25 percent this year.

Miskovich started experimenting with a new design for his system after experiencing his own run-off problems. Over the course of three years, he developed a system that stores water in underground chambers, which allow collected water to seep through the ground in a controlled process. His system – which costs about $5 per installed cubic foot – eliminates the need for retention ponds.

Retention ponds offer a cheap option to developers of commercial or residential projects. But Miskovich said the cost of cleaning retention ponds every five years can range from $5,000 to $25,000 per acre. The added cost of yearly maintenance activities and the ponds’ cultivation of mosquitoes are additional reasons to reconsider retention ponds, he said.

The stormwater chambers are delivered to project contractors, which handle the actual installation.

Miskovich said he decided it was important to develop environmentally friendly products. His stormwater chambers “use a soy resin to offset the petroleum that’s in our product.”

“That way our price is more stable,” he said. “It’s less expensive and it’s not tied to the fluctuation in the price of oil.”

Triton Stormwater Solutions Achieves Carbon Neutral Certification

Eco-friendly company provides up to 18 LEED points due to reduced energy costs and CO2 emissions

BRIGHTON, MICH. – July 29, 2008 – Triton Stormwater Solutions (Triton), a manufacturer of eco-friendly and highly efficient stormwater chambers, has been approved as a carbon neutral product through third party certification.

“At Triton we want to be environmental leaders and take stormwater production to a whole new level,” explains Joe Miskovich, president, Triton Stormwater Solutions. “Reusing stormwater itself is a strong environmental effort, but what good is it if you are producing it in a factory that is emitting more greenhouse gasses and that your product adds more to the problem than to the solution? You’re just trading one environmental concern for another. “

The cradle-to-consumer life cycle study showed that the total co2 reduction by using the Triton system provided a 15-30% reduction in Energy/Greenhouse gas year after year. The carbon neutral certification gives Triton products an additional two LEED points, the U.S. Green Building Council’s nationally-accepted benchmark for green building, bringing the potential points for using a Triton product up to 18 points.

“This certification will help companies like Wal-Mart and Lowe’s, which have accepted Triton as an approved product for contractors and engineers, to become even more environmentally friendly,” explains Miskovich.

In addition to being a good corporate citizen, there are business advantages for property owners as well. States such as California are mandating the need for companies to reduce co2 emissions and energy needs by using carbon neutral products such as Triton and to not exceed their carbon credit allotment. In addition, Triton is now registered as a federally approved green carbon neutral product and approved for use in all government owned or leased buildings and properties.

To obtain certification, Triton underwent a complete life cycle analysis per ISO 14044:2006 standards in which the certification team went through every facet of the manufacturing process from the farming of the soy bean used to harvest the soy oil to the manufacturing of the raw material into the product all the way to the energy used to ship and install it to how the end user will use the finished product itself.

“This product was one of the best products I’ve seen,” says Mike Dolkowski, president of Carbon Credit Environmental Services, which tested the product. “The Triton material itself is made out of bio-plastics not petroleum. It takes less time to install so it uses less of the diesel construction equipment that emits greenhouse gas. It can be carried by two people rather than a machine. Once installed, the system itself is used to collect water and reuse it to water plants or flush toilets, saving energy by not sending water to a wastewater treatment plant. This product actually improves its carbon footprint.”

Carbon Credit Environmental Services is part of a growing trend towards companies monitoring their carbon footprint and offsetting co2 emissions to utilize monies for environmentally-friendly projects. Last year, the company helped the Detroit Lions football team hold a carbon neutral game by calculating the emissions from all activities that went into making the stadium active for the game, ranging from the team traveling to the site to the electricity used to power the concession stands. The team offset that emission by doing an offstudy to plant trees in Ecuador to reforest the rainforest.

About Triton Stormwater Solutions
Established in 2007 and headquartered in Brighton, Mich., Triton Stormwater Solutions manufactures the next generation of stormwater chamber management systems. In virtually every metric that matters to developers, municipal planners and engineers, Triton’s stormwater chambers offer greater advantages and design flexibility over traditional systems. Triton’s proprietary design and patented construction offers larger-capacity, lighter-weight, easier-to-install stormwater chambers that are more than 50 percent stronger than traditional products. Triton is also environmentally friendly, manufacturing materials from the same soy-based resin that has been in use for more than 50 years in the heavy equipment and automotive industries. For more information, please visit

Triton Installation for the Sunset Magazine Idea House

The Monterey Bay Idea House, the latest in the line of select West Coast homes built by Sunset magazine to showcase new and exciting products, presents a multitude of eco-friendly features in response to the need for energy efficiency, function and sustainability.

Located in an exclusive residential community in the mountains overlooking the ocean, the house was designed working closely with Monterey County to illustrate how ‘green’ building can be done. “The county wants to encourage going green by expediting permits and offering other incentives,” explains Tom Messenger, who served as project manager. “The Monterey Bay House needed to be at least 70 percent green through environmentally-friendly features such as the use of sustainable products and reclaiming water, which fit perfectly with Triton.”

California, and especially the Monterey Peninsula, has always had issues with a lack of water, and there have been recent concerns that volunteer water rationing might become mandatory. In addition, California regulation states that the footprint of a building dictates the number of bathrooms allowed in a house based on water availability. Harvesting rainwater offers homeowners the ability to have an unlimited number of bathrooms.

Comprised of three connected “farm buildings” and courtyards enclosed with native stone walls, the home presented tight site access and made it difficult to store water in that limited footprint. The need for more water on less space was the driving issue when selecting a storm water solution.

The allotted space for water collection also needed to be put under the motor court. “Whenever you have a structural component with a traffic area over it, the product needs to be rated very high,” explains Messenger. “In California, a residential area has to be rated for a fire truck so the design has to be very structurally strong.”

Triton Stormwater Solutions was selected as the water solution provider for its unique system which “has the highest storage volume of any of the chamber systems combined with the highest traffic load rating,” explains Bill Wilson, an environmental consultant with Carlile Macy, who assisted on the project. “Triton enables you to put a large amount of storage in a smaller area with less cover and that makes it really competitive economically.”

In addition, the system is designed for service and maintenance with the use of bottom pieces and sumps in addition to chambers and end pieces for easy access. Made of soy resin, the Triton products provide greater LEED credits than any other chamber or crate box type systems that are available in the market today. .

A Triton detention system was installed that allows for the harvesting of rain and storm water to be re-used as a “gray water” source for toilet flushing, car washing and irrigation purposes. The 49’ long x 34’ wide excavation contains 65 chambers that holds 20,000 gallon —enough to water the entire half acre landscape area for one year.

First, the hole was dug and then a base layer of rock was installed and compacted according to the soil engineer’s requirements. Next, the bottom and walls of the trench were lined with a class 2 non woven geofabric. Once this was done then a custom-made liner was installed followed by another layer of class 2 non woven geofabric to help provide protection from rocks puncturing the liner during the backfill process.

The chambers, manifold and standpipe connection was then installed and the backfill process of the embedment stone began. Once this backfill process achieved a consistent cover of 6” of stone above the chamber crowns, then the geofabric was folded over the embedment stone and the finish grade fill was installed. Two dump truck loads of fill stone were dumped onto the chamber bed and leveled with a backhoe maintaining 8” of cover between the wheels and the top of the embedment stone. The finished stone was then compacted per the specification and was ready to accept up to H and HS 30 traffic loading.

Another key feature of the Triton chambers is that they weigh only 32 pounds apiece, enabling workers to carry two or three at a time with the chambers being placed in just under 40 minutes. The total installation, including digging the excavation site, placing the chambers and covering with soil took two days, although that was due in large part to ensure the stability of the soil while following stringent California requirements as a result of the large number of earthquakes in that region.

A testament to the strength of the Triton system is that wheeled vehicles weighing over 31,000 pounds were able to drive over the chambers and dump their loads of stone with a cover of just 8 inches, unlike the 24 inch cover required by other systems.

“We have never installed a system like this,” says Messenger. “The design was fascinating. Most systems are made out of concrete or are a big underground water tank. The Triton chambers and the way it works with a liner and manifold system—I was amazed at the simplicity of it but at the same time how efficient it is. I’ve worked with all kinds of cistern systems but I’ve never seen a system quite like this. It’s a great product.”
Wilson agrees saying “it’s a one-of-a-kind thing out there right now, very unique and very versatile.”
They both agree that the customer service that Triton provides is top-notch.
“Triton has been outstanding in their support for me on the whole range of things that I have presented them with,” explains Wilson. “This is a very high quality organization all the way through.”

Messenger stresses that Triton was very professional and got all the product there on time, even shipping some items overnight. “They performed above and beyond expectation.”
The Monterey House will be open to the public in August and featured in Sunset magazine’s October issue.
For more information please visit the Sunset Magazine web page,20633,1708721~844996,00.html or visit Triton Stormwater Solutions web site to learn more:

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Triton Stormwater Solutions, LLC
7600 Grand River Rd, Suite 195
Brighton, Michigan 48114
Phone: (810) 222-7652 - Fax: (810) 222-1769