2017 ACEEE Hot Water Forum

2017 ACEEE Hot Water Forum

Hilton Portland & Executive Towers
Portland, OR
February 26, 2017 to February 28, 2017

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Hot Water Forum Overview

The ACEEE Hot Water Forum (HWF) is the premier technical conference dedicated to making water hot, distributing it with low losses, and using water with efficient fixtures and practices. Since 2008, the HWF has brought together experts and newcomers from manufacturing, distribution (plumbing), electricity, gas and water utilities, government, and the research community's opportunities to learn from each other and build momentum for market transformation. The conference emphasizes both the technical efficiency potential and the policy/program implications of service hot water technology and practices, and how people use hot water. Each year, the Forum features numerous sessions covering cutting-edge developments in these areas. Find out more about the 2017 program below.

HWF participants meet, share ideas, and learn from each other's latest efforts on research, new water heating technologies, structured plumbing approaches, new demand-reduction devices (e.g., fixtures and water-efficient appliances), and programs for stimulating market uptake of new approaches. The HWF presentation program, developed each year by a dedicated steering committee, is complemented by ample time for networking with fellow attendees.

Find out which organizations participated in the 2016 Hot Water Forum here.

Likely Participants Include: Equipment and component manufacturers; water, gas, and electric utilities; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy efficiency program planners, operators, and evaluators; policymakers; NGOs; and consultants.

To learn more about Hot Water Forum sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris Perry, cperry@aceee.org.

Funder Spotlight


Click here to view a PDF version of the Co-Host Spotlight.

2017 Hot Water Forum Steering Committee

Omar Abdelaziz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Ben Larson, Ecotope
Grant Campbell, UMA Solar Jim Lutz, Hot Water Research
George Chapman, Consortium for Energy Efficiency Alice Rosenberg, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Amin Delagah, Fisher-Nickel, Inc. Craig Selover, Consultant
Michael Garrabrant, Stone Mountain Technologies Frank Stanonik, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Paul Glanville, Gas Technology Institute Ed Vineyard, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Kyle Gluesenkamp, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Larry Weingarten, Consultant
Bill Healy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US DOE Geoff Wickes, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Bill Hosken, AO Smith Sarah Widder, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Gary Klein, Gary Klein Associates Christopher Perry, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corporation Harvey Sachs, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy



2017 Program Highlights

  • Innovative water heating technology

  • Grid Interactive Water Heating (GIWH)

  • Latest research and field testing on using heat pump water heaters for demand response programs

  • The future of solar thermal water heating

  • Water heating from the installer's perspective

  • Improving hot water distribution systems and controls in commercial, multifamily, and single family residential buildings

  • Modeling hot water use to improve the design and layout of systems that maximize efficiency

  • Latest program efforts to get high efficiency water heaters into homes and commercial facilities



Shameless Commerce 2.0

This popular, standing room-only session, is packed with short presentations about relevant new products and services.  This opportunity is for companies to bring attention to their latest and greatest. In this session, we deviate from our usual format, and offer anyone a few minutes to present new products or services, as well as their advantages, features, availability, etc.  Come hear about a variety of new products and services, and continue discussions directly following this session during the reception.

How to participate in Shameless Commerce 2.0:

Email Christopher Perry with your contact information and presentation pitch. Please include "Shameless Commerce Session" in the subject line of your email.

Preconference Field Trip

The program planning team has put together a preconference field trip on Sunday, February 26 to United Association Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters training facility. During the tour, participants will have the opportunity to view and explore working demonstrations of water heaters, piping configurations, and plumbing fixtures. This tour is an optional, no cost add on to full registrants of the Hot Water Forum. More details will be posted as they develop but interested attendees should plan to be available from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Please indicate your interest in attending when you register for the forum. As details develop, we will write again asking you to confirm your participation in the tour.



Regular registration now in effect through February 25.

Register in one of two ways:

1. Register online here:

2. Complete and scan the PDF registration form and return to jseas@aceee.org.

Student Registrations: To be confirmed at the student rate, please send a copy of your student ID and transcript showing enrollment in at least 12 credit hours per semester to jseas@aceee.org.

Funder/Ally Waivers: Contact jseas@aceee.org to check on the availability of registration waivers if you are a 2017 Hot Water Forum funder or ACEEE Ally member.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration refund requests due to cancellation must be submitted no later than February 10, 2017. A $100 processing fee will be charged. Please email jseas@aceee.org if you would like to cancel. Cancellation refunds will not be processed after the February 10 deadline. Refunds will be paid by check or credit card chargebacks.


Hilton Portland & Executive Towers
921 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR

Accommodations at the group rate are no longer available. To make a reservation at the Hilton Portland, please visit their website or call 1-503-236-1611. Rooms subject to hotel availability and prevailing rates.