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Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All Electric Home - Builders Share Their Experience
Installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high efficiency water heating into buildings. Yet, the vast majority of builders are not familiar with and not using advanced water heating technology.

Join the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI), EEBA and Electrify Now for a webinar that will profile three American homebuilders who are installing heat pump water heaters in new homes and loving it. Our discussion will highlight the experiences these builders have had with this important technology and cover the following topics:

Installing HPWHs in new, all-electric homes
Why builders are installing and love HPWH
What are the benefits and challenges of installing HPWH in new homes?
Are builders modifying their home designs to fit and take advantage of HPWH?
What are homeowner’s saying when they buy homes with HPWHs?
Any lessons that can be applied to installing HPWHs in existing homes?
Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will learn about general guidelines for how to install heat pump water heaters and how they differ from gas and electric resistance water heaters.
2. Attendees will be informed about how to communicate with customers on the monetary and energy saving potential of these devices.
3. Attendees will become familiar with how to incorporate heat pump water heaters into new home design and construction.
4. Attendees will understand the role water heaters play in the decarbonization and transformation of the electric grid.

Jul 12, 2022 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Leigha Dickens
Green Building Program Manager @Green Built Alliance
Leigha Dickens, RESNET HERS Rater, currently works as Green Building Program Manager for the Green Built Alliance, North Carolina’s non-profit for advancing sustainability in the built environment, managing their Green Built Homes certification program. She previously worked for 11 years for Deltec Homes as their green building and building science manager, advising on energy efficient design including efficient hot water use. She helped Deltec achieve their fist DOE Zero Energy Ready Home which incorporate efficient hot water strategies, and in her current role advises builders on hot water strategies for achieving higher levels of green certification. She is a RESNET HERS Rater and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from UNC Asheville.
Juan Fernandez
Founder & CEO @CVF Homes
Juan founded CVF homes in 2005 focusing on infill development and building energy and water efficient homes with great design. CVF homes is committed to certifying 100% of its homes to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program and is a proud winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award in 2019 and Honorable Mention in 2020. CVF homes is a member of Build San Antonio Green and has received multiple sustainability awards from the City of San Antonio. Juan is a Board Member of EEBA (Energy and Environmental Building Alliance) and serves on the Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee of the City of San Antonio and is a past member of the San Antonio Water System Community Conservation Committee (CCC) and past Co-Chair of the US Green Building Council of the South Texas Chapter. Juan received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Monterrey Mexico.
Geoff Wickes
Sr. Product Manager, Emerging Technologies @NEEA - Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Geoff is a Senior Product Manager for NEEA’s emerging technologies efforts, he works closely with utilities and trade allies to help identify and prove out innovative energy-efficient technologies to transform markets. Geoff currently supports heat pump water heaters, connected water heaters and actively scans on other motor driven products and water heating technologies. Currently, he sits on the Compressed Air Challenge and the OpenADR Alliance board. Geoff’s background in energy efficiency and conservation has included management in the fields of instrumentation, manufacturing, construction, IT and utility market transformation. He holds a B.S. in Geography and Liberal Arts from Oregon State University, and has been a LEED 2.0-accredited professional since 2004. Geoff’s interests outside of work include exploring the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders on foot, bike, and human powered boats.
Amy Tovel
Marketing & Land Acquisition @Ichijo USA
Amy Tovel has been working with Ichijo USA for more than ten years in Marketing and Land Acquisition. She has enjoyed bringing awareness of Ichijo's unique building features to the public through marketing their energy efficient building practices, cool in-house contemporary designs as well as unique proprietary products. Prior to working with Ichijo, Amy worked in Real Estate and Marketing for tech companies.