2018 Hot Water Forum

2018 Hot Water Forum

Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, OR
March 20, 2018 to March 22, 2018

Overview | Program | Registration | Accommodations | Past Hot Water Forums


  • Early bird registration open now through January 31.

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.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris Perry, cperry@aceee.org.

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.


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
  • Plenary panel discussion on grid-connected water heater criteria. It will introduce the concept of grid-connected water heaters, how it affects utilities and consumers, and predictions for the future. Presented by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Look for more program information coming soon.

Shameless Commerce 2.0

The HWF's successful standing room only session is back! The Shameless Commerce session is packed with short presentations on relevant new products and services and is an opportunity for companies to present a short (2.5 minutes) infomercial on their latest and greatest. Audience participants will judge the best pitch.

Presentations will be strictly limited in time and will not be posted on the forum website. Space is limited to 20 participants. To sign up, please email hotwaterforum@aceee.org with your presentation pitch and contact information by February 28.     

Pre-conference Demo Field Trip

The program planning team has put together a pre-conference field trip on Tuesday, March 20 to the 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. More details will be posted as they develop but interested attendees should plan to be available from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Transportation will be provided.

This tour is an optional, no cost add-on to full conference registrants of the Hot Water Forum. Sign up when registering.


Early bird registration rates in effect through January 31.

Register online: 

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 lpyle@aceee.org to check on the availability of registration waivers if you are a 2018 Hot Water Forum sponsor or ACEEE Ally member.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration cancellations must be submitted no later than March 5, 2018 in order to receive a partial refund. A $100 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. Eligible refunds will be paid by check or credit card refunds. To cancel or modify your registration, please use your registration number from the confirmation email and visit the registration site. Please contact jseas@aceee.org with any questions.


Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR

All conference program activities located at the Hilton Portland Downtown. Accommodations are available at the Hilton Portland Downtown at the group rate of $199 per night single/double through February 27, 2018. We encourage you to make your reservations early to take advantage of discounted prices and availability.