Multi Family Commercial Solar Water Heating
Title 24 Compliant
Hot water may be free to tenants, but landlords and facility managers know that every bath, shower, as well as load of dishes done, and laundry washed counts towards their ever-increasing utility bill. Multi-family commercial solar water heating units can offset up to 70% of their annual water heating expenses with efficient solar thermal products designed and engineered by SunEarth.
WHAT IS TITLE 24?
The California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are created to guarantee new and current buildings lend themselves to energy efficiency and preserve overall environmental excellence. These measures (Title 24, Part 6) can be found in the California Code of Regulations. The California Energy Commission is responsible for approving, executing and apprising building energy efficiency. Local city and county enforcement agencies have the ability to verify agreement with applicable building codes, including energy efficiency.
(Learn More on the CEC Title 24 website)
HOW DOES SUNEARTH WORK WITH TITLE 24?
Solar Hot Water plays a large role in helping buildings exceed California’s Title 24 regulations. Given our history in California, SunEarth has been a great partner assisting developers meet and exceed Title 24 standards by manufacturing the most certified hot water products in the industry. The right product for the right application critical for the vast diversity of building occupancy throughout the state of California.
ENERGY IMPACT OF WATER HEATING
Water heating energy use applies a significant portion of total energy use for residential/occupied buildings. In California’s mildest weather systems water heating energy use may total the collective energy needed for space cooling and heating. A solar water heating system can contribute up to 80% of the energy needed for local water heating (contingent on the design of the system). The role of an apartment complex solar water heater can be claimed as credit toward agreement with the Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and also for qualification for the New Solar Homes Partnership or other incentives programs that require specified savings beyond the standards.
(Information Source: GoSolar California)
A LEED Platinum project, the North Santa Fe Apartments is an affordable rental community by the nationally recognized non-profit developer, Community Housing Works. Designed and Installed by Adroit Energy of San Diego, CA, a solar hot water system comprised of (8) SunEarth EP-40 Flat Plate Collectors will supply the hot water load for the demands of the project. The system also includes a photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof that will offset at least 50% of the common area load. The 68-unit development performs 40% above the California Energy Code Title 24 standards.
To learn more about this project, view the case study!