2018 ACEEE Hot Water Forum

2018 ACEEE Hot Water Forum

Hilton Portland & Executive Towers
Portland, OR
March 20, 2018 to March 22, 2018

Overview | Call for Topics | Past Hot Water Forums


Hot Water Forum Overview

ACEEE’s Hot Water Forum is the only technical conference about efficiently making, distributing, and using hot water, regardless of its source. Since 2008, the Hot Water Forum has brought together experts and novices from manufacturing, distribution (plumbing), electricity, gas and water utilities, government, and the research community to learn from each other and build momentum for market transformation. The Forum features two full days of sessions presented by experts in the field on cutting-edge development in these areas.

Participants will have the opportunity to 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 program, developed each year by a dedicated steering committee, is complemented by ample time for networking with fellow attendees.

What's in store for 2018:

  • Enhanced hands-on demonstration day before the conference
  • Special reception to meet with local plumbers and installers
  • New breakout sessions on regulatory changes, smart controls, and workforce training

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; plumbers and installers; policymakers; NGOs; and consultants.

Call for Topics

Hot Water Forum is the only technical conference about efficiently making, distributing and using hot water, regardless of the energy source. As a result, we welcome submissions for promising research, successes and failures from the field, innovative ideas, and anything else that would add value to the hot water discussion.

Please send your ideas to us by October 20, 2017 through the online submission system. We require an informal topic proposal for Hot Water Forum, typically a short paragraph (no more than 300 words) describing the topic. If you have issues submitting online, please email your submission as a Word document to aceeeconf@aceee.org. Please contact aceeeconf@aceee.org with any questions.

Include the following information with your submission:

  1. Suggested speaker(s) for that topic
  2. Relative level of technical complexity [beginner, intermediate, advanced]
  3. Topic category

Categories may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Policy & Programs
    1. Building codes
    2. Innovative programs (e.g., grid management, zero-net energy, etc.)
    3. Marketing
    4. Regulatory changes (e.g., transition from EF to UEF)
    5. State and local policy driving changes in water heating
    6. Workforce training
  • Sectors
    1. Commercial
    2. Multifamily
    3. Residential
  • System Design
    1. Distribution & delivery
    2. Legionella
    3. Modeling
    4. Plumbing
    5. Shower technologies
  • Technology
    1. CO2
    2. Drain water heat recovery
    3. Grid-enabled
    4. Heat pump water heaters
    5. Natural gas-specific applications
    6. Smart controls
    7. Solar thermal & photovoltaic
    8. Tankless systems