2018 Hot Water Forum

2018 Hot Water Forum

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

Overview | Program | Registration | Optional Items | 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.




You won't want to miss...

  • Pre-conference enhanced hands-on demonstration day

  • Welcome networking reception for attendees and local plumbers and installers

  • Attend a 2-hour Drain Water Heat Recovery training session that allows you to earn 2 AIA / GBCI Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

  • New breakout sessions on regulatory changes, smart controls, and workforce training

  • Plenary panel discussion on grid-connected water heater criteria introducing the concept of grid-connected water heaters, how it affects utilities and consumers, and predictions for the future. Hear from representatives from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and others

Look for more program information coming soon.

Shameless Commerce 2.0

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

Presentations times will be strictly limited. Space is limited to 20 participants. To sign up, email your presentation pitch and contact information to: hotwaterforum@aceee.org. All entries must be received no later than February 21.

Optional Registration Items

Pre-conference Demo Field Trip - Tuesday, March 20, 11:00am - 3:00pm  - We apologize, but this trip is filled to capacity and closed to additional registrants.

No additional cost to Hot Water Forum registrants.

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 on the following:

  • High performance gas water heating (HTP)
  • Smart loop recirculation to optimize loop operation and double-drop tees to improve water quality (Viega)
  • Smart plug and other service water heating circulation control strategies (Taco)
  • Heat pump water heater and high performance gas water heaters (Bradford White)
  • Heat pump water heater and tankless electric booster strategy (Rheem)
  • How efficient can old technology be? (Larry Weingarten, consultant)
  • Direct injection preheat systems for large hot water systems (Sun Equinox)
  • Drain water heat recovery principles and practices (RenewABILITY Energy Inc.)
  • Demand controlled circulation for large and small systems (Advanced Conservation Technology)
  • Automatic balancing valves (Hays Fluid Controls)

The field trip will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Drain Water Heat Recovery Training Session (2 AIA/GBCI CEUs) - Wednesday, March 21, 10:45 am - 12:45 pm

No additional cost to Hot Water Forum registrants. Space limited to 25 participants.  FILLED

For the first time, Hot Water Forum is offering the option to attend a training session that allows you to earn 2 AIA/GBCI continuing education credits (CEUs). Join our 2-hour session on drain water heat recovery (DWHR) on Wednesday, March 21st. Learn about the different DWHR systems, energy savings, financial benefits, installation methods, and more. Training will be provided by RenewABILITY Energy Ltd. All conference attendees have the option to attend, but space is limited to 25 people. To register for this training session, add this optional item during the registration process.


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 lpyle@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 lpyle@aceee.org with any questions.


Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR

All conference program activities located at the Hilton Portland Downtown. The group block is closed and sold out at the Hilton Portland DowntownThe hotel may still be able to accommodate your request. Please call them directly to check on availability and pricing (503- 226-1611). Be sure to mention you are attending the ACEEE Hot Water Forum.