Alternative Design for Domestic Water Heating

Lake City, Colo., July 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On July 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Gary Klein, president of Gary Klein and Associates, offers a new look at how typical residential water distribution systems can be designed to conserve energy and water.

As improvements in the building envelope and mechanical systems have reduced their impact on energy consumption, domestic water heating has become one of the most dominant energy uses in residential buildings.

Similar improvements in plumbing and codes have reduced water consumption in buildings. However, the design of typical residential water distribution systems has not kept pace and consequently many residential systems are oversized. Oversizing a domestic water system increases energy consumption, water wastage, and the embodied energy and carbon of the plumbing system.

Klein will present an alternative design methodology that results in a domestic water system suitable for the population it serves, reducing both initial and operating costs.

Klein is no stranger to this important topic, having spearheaded efforts to incorporate “hot water as a system” into core building science principles since the 1990s and spent 19 years with the California Energy Commission. The International Association of Plumber and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) recognized Klein’s efforts in 2014 and presented him with their Green Professional of the Year award.

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This webinar is part of Green Builder Media’s Housing 2.0 program, which teaches construction professionals to design and build higher-performing, healthier, and more sustainable homes at a fraction of the cost.

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