The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is an event designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 is Transforming Existing Buildings, with additional emphasis on decarbonization and on bringing more diverse communities into the discussion. This year's event has been rescheduled and will now take place as a virtual conference and trade showWednesday through Friday, August 12-14, 2020.

The Last Frontier: Solutions for Fossil-Fuel-Free Domestic Hot Water


Natural gas moratoriums, consumer demand for fossil-fuel-free homes, Passive House standards: these are among the many reasons why people are increasingly opting for domestic hot water systems powered by renewables. As improved energy codes drive down heating loads, soon the largest load in the home won’t be heating or cooling; it will be the domestic hot water system. This session will explore the options for fossil-fuel-free domestic hot water, achievable in nearly all projects, single family to high-rise, in both new construction and retrofits.


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Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

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BPI 1.0 hour
MA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy


Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how changing building loads must result in the design/build community taking a closer look at the selection of the DHW system
  • Calculate in general the upfront, operational, and environmental cost of traditional DHW systems versus market-ready clean alternatives
  • Identify opportunities with incorporating fossil-fuel-free DHW solutions into buildings of every size
  • List the pros and cons of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Hot Water Systems

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