Advanced Water Heating Initiative December 2022 Newsletter

News / December 5, 2022

The latest newsletter from the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI) features information on a California study testing 120-V HPWH technology, a recap of Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) Day, a funding opportunity from DOE, upcoming stakeholder meetings, webinars, resources, news, and...

The retrofitting strategy behind Sonoma Clean Power’s all-electric headquarters

News / November 28, 2022

Published by GreenBiz: Sonoma Clean Power, a community-owned electricity provider for California’s Sonoma and Mendocino counties, is the owner of a unique carbon neutral, 15,330-square-foot headquarters in Santa Rosa, California. Perhaps the most innovative feature of all is the headquarter’s...

District explores electric buses

News / November 16, 2022

Published by Columbia Gorge News: Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn began with an exciting update at the Oct. 26 Hood River County School District school board meeting: The potential for electric buses and necessary infrastructure in the next few years. New Building...

A Public Building That Can Decarbonize Santa Rosa’s Electric Grid

News / November 1, 2022

Published by Next City: Two years ago, the energy company Sonoma Clean Power set out to renovate a 1979 structure in Santa Rosa, California, for its new headquarters. The building had long been powered by natural gas. The vision for...

Hug Your Super-Efficient Water Heater On Heat Pump Water Heater Day

News / October 25, 2022

Published by CleanTechnica: You’ve heard of tree huggers? Well, on October 26, the Advanced Water Heating Initiative and hundreds of other organizations will celebrate another cylindrical climate saving object we should all be excited about (and maybe even hugging) — the heat...

Embodied Carbon: Deeper Decarbonization of the Built Environment

Webinar / December 13, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) allocates billions of dollars toward low-embodied carbon material procurement, documentation, and labeling as new policies seek low-carbon solutions. As materials and construction account for 11% of global carbon emissions, the building community must reduce this…

Rheem Releases 120V Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater That Can Be Plugged Into Typical Outlet

News / September 26, 2022

Published by CleanTechnica: In 2019, the nonprofit-led Advanced Water Heating Initiative  saw the need for a water heater that could be plugged into a typical outlet and avoid the electric panel upgrades to help people easily switch from gas to electric...

California Municipal Building Takes Net-Zero Standard to Another Level

News / September 23, 2022

Published by Facilities Net: The Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) city building in California provides power for about 500,000 people in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, and is going beyond the net-zero goal line by recently unveiling its all-electric headquarters after a...

World’s First “GridOptimal” Building is Sonoma Clean Power’s Headquarters

News / September 20, 2022

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) recently unveiled its new all-electric headquarters which features an innovative microgrid, and goes far beyond “net zero energy” standards by reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the State’s electric...

Advanced Water Heating Initiative September 2022 Newsletter

News / September 1, 2022

The latest newsletter from the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI) features information on the new 120V heat pump water heater technology, upcoming meetings, working group progress, the date for the upcoming Heat Pump Water Heater Day, resources, and more. Inflation Reduction...

Finally, a heat-pump water heater that plugs into a standard outlet

News / August 29, 2022

Published by Canary Media: Last month’s launch of Rheem’s ProTerra 120-volt heat pump water heater might not seem like a big step forward in the fight against climate change. In terms of home electrification accessories, it’s not as sexy as...

How to Prepare Your House for Climate Change

News / August 24, 2022

Published by Bloomberg: Living on a warming planet requires protecting your home from threats exacerbated by climate change. But protection doesn’t only mean playing defense: In addition to anticipating extreme weather or wildfire threats, for example, homeowners can make proactive...

Unique Partnerships Across Clean Energy Leaders and Department of Energy Offices Advance Clean Energy Workforce Nationwide

News / June 3, 2022

The organizations are working in concert under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s EMPOWERED program, which is funded by three technology offices within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Three leading clean energy organizations have formed a unique...

Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All Electric Home – Builders share their experience

Webinar / July 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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…

Why Fenestration is a Crucial Part of a Sustainable Future

News / April 20, 2022

Published by Window + Door: Buildings generate nearly 40 percent of the annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the World Green Building Council. This figure includes energy used to heat, cool and light buildings as well as embodied...

The promise of hydronic systems in building decarbonization

News / March 17, 2022

Published by Mechanical Business: As North America adds more renewable energy to the grid and more communities commit to building decarbonization as a way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are fuelling climate change, demand for energy-efficient radiant designs,...

The HVAC Maintenance Toolbox Is More Advanced Than Ever

News / March 14, 2022

Published by Propmodo: Even the best property managers can overlook preventive maintenance of HVAC units. At times, heating and cooling systems are a perfect example of the phrase “out of sight and out of mind.” They may not be the...

Tuning Buildings for Tomorrow’s Electric Grid: Building-side Perspectives on Building-Grid Optimization in California

Webinar / May 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

As more renewable energy sources come online in the state of California, buildings have a critical role to play in ensuring that tomorrow’s electricity grid is clean, affordable, reliable, and safe. When energy is used--not just how much is used--is…

Electrifying idea for cleaner buildings

News / March 3, 2022

Published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer: Building electrification refers to the use of electric technology where fuel sources were traditionally used. It’s the oil-fired furnace or the water heater, cooking stove, or clothes dryer that uses natural gas or propane. Those appliances...

Grid-interactive efficient buildings are the future, and utilities can help lead the way

News / February 22, 2022

Published by Alternative Energy HQ: More utilities across the United States are adopting programs to promote grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs), which will be critical to the grid of the future. Some programs focus on energy savings and others on demand...

GridOptimal Measure Analysis Tool and Utility Programs Guidance

Online Tool / February 1, 2022

Energy efficiency strategies, or measures, can have impacts well beyond simply saving energy. The time of day and season of energy savings is increasingly important. This interactive tool enables you to explore the time-of-use implications of a variety of energy…

At Bayview Tower, Ecotope and Bonneville Power Administration Mark A Step Forward in Decarbonizing Buildings

News / January 20, 2022

Published by the Urbanist: For tenants of large apartment buildings, the prospect of a new water heating system installation can be cause for alarm. Prolonged utility shutoffs present a real burden for residents, at times even forcing them to relocate...

Scaling up market transformation for heat pump water heaters

Post / January 19, 2022

While the average person might not think about it when turning on the faucet, changing the way you heat water in your home or business could drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Water heating accounts for a large share of the...

Innovative Facility Managers Look To Save 40-50 Percent on Energy With Deep Energy Retrofits

News / January 5, 2022

Published by Facilities Net: A small but growing number of buildings have adopted an innovative, highly impactful approach to energy efficiency. Known as deep energy retrofits, these projects aim for big energy savings — sometimes 40 to 50 percent. The...

NYC’s new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

News / December 22, 2021

Published by Smart Cities Dive: While critics of building electrification policies worry about the transition’s potential harm to housing affordability, advocates see the built environment as a critical battleground for achieving climate goals. Advocates for change also highlight the negative...

Electric Water Heaters Could be a Carbon Cutter for Multifamily Buildings

News / December 10, 2021

Published by Electrical Contractor Magazine: Electrification of buildings is emerging as the new front in the fight against global warming, and in that effort, apartment buildings could take a leading role. A new report focuses on the potential for significant...

Efficient electric water heaters in multifamily buildings significantly reduce carbon emissions

News / November 29, 2021

Published by Building Design + Construction: Efficient electric hot water heating technologies significantly reduce the carbon emissions of multifamily buildings, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and New Buildings Institute (NBI). In multifamily...

New report from ACEEE and NBI examines benefits of electric pump water heaters

News / November 24, 2021

Published by DailyEnergyInsider: A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) finds that electric water heaters in multifamily buildings cause less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of gas-fired products. The...

Report: Efficient Electric Water Heating Would Slash Multifamily Buildings’ Carbon Emissions

News / November 18, 2021

Efficient electric water heaters in multifamily buildings cause less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of gas-fired products presenting a key climate opportunity, according to a study released today. The report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)...

Increasing Sustainability of Multifamily Buildings with Heat Pump Water Heaters

Report / November 18, 2021

From four-unit townhomes to large complexes, multifamily buildings use a significant amount of energy to provide hot water to their occupants. Much of that hot water is provided by natural gas and other fossil fuels, which emit harmful greenhouse gases…