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12:00pm – Transforming the Way We Deliver Hot Water
October 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Transforming the Way We Deliver Hot Water
What if we could cut greenhouse gas emissions, invest in underserved communities, and create thousands of good-paying jobs? Turns out we can by leading water heating into the future. We use a lot of energy on water heating: showers, clothes washers, and dishwashers can account for up to 32% of home energy use. In fact, water heating can be the top source of energy consumption in multi-family buildings. Bonneville Power Authority and Ecotope have led the development of central heat pump water heating systems for multi-family buildings, recruiting and collaborating with manufacturers and building industry experts to work through the Technology Innovation Model, which is designed to bring environmentally friendly products to the built environment. The result is a brand new product category of fully packaged central heat pump water heaters that are two to four times more energy efficient than conventional technologies; use low global-warming-potential refrigerants; have connectivity and controls to harmonize with the energy supply, making it possible to rapidly increase the use of renewable energy sources; and offer a plug-and-play solution that eliminates the need for customer engineering and on-site construction, reducing installation costs. Equally important is what residents will experience with these systems: hot water when they want it and reduced energy costs. This presentation will help you understand how central heat pump water heating systems are game changing for multi-family construction and share details about the model used to develop them, the energy savings we can expect from them, as well as the demonstration projects that are already in place, including the Seattle Housing Authority’s 100-unit Bayview Tower.