Free Webinar: Practical Efficient Hot Water Delivery: Structured Plumbing Applied in Retrofit and New Construction, April 25, 9 am - 12 pm PT

  • 25 April 2024
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 12:00 PM
  • Event Host : Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Practical Efficient Hot Water Delivery: Structured Plumbing Applied in Retrofit and New Construction
Event Description

In this class, Dan Perunko of Balance Point Home Performance looks at changing the way hot water is stored and delivered to the tap in residential buildings. The theory behind our approach is called “Structured Plumbing”. This will be a practical class focusing on how to install or modify hot water plumbing following the principles of “Structured Plumbing”. The presentation is based on completed projects including retrofits and new construction.

On the average Californians consume less water than the residents of other states. Even so there is a need for us to conserve even more water. The construction community has an opportunity to further reduce residential water use in ways that do not feel like conservation to our customers. Structured plumbing is an example of this type of win-win for customers and the surrounding environment. 

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Convey the importance of water conservation measures that do not negatively impact the homeowner's comfort
  • Cite the annual volume of water a typical household can save by adopting structured plumbing
  • Discuss how reducing pipe diameter decreases the wait time for hot water at a fixture
  • Present strategies for installing a structured plumbing system in an existing home
  • Practice evaluating existing plumbing layouts to decide if existing pipe should be reused or rerouted
  • Summarize the best options for locating hot water tanks and recirculation pumps with different floor plans
  • List the material choices available for replumbing hot water systems (each material will be evaluated for its impact on water flow and velocity)

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  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Agenda
    • - Introduction and safety message
      - Overview of structured plumbing design
      - Material choices and water flow
      - Pump options
      - Typical plumbing layout vs the ideal plumbing layout
      - Advantages and limitations of retrofit plumbing projects
      - Case study projects - three examples
      - Review as-found plumbing layout
      - Review design options and discuss install techniques
      - Discuss missed opportunities
      - Review performance of completed system
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Dan Perunko is cofounder of Balance Point Home Performance Company. In 2006, along with Gavin Healy, Dan started a successful company providing full service home performance analysis, retrofits, consultations, and trainings. Dan works on new and existing construction designs and hands on installations of enclosures, mechanical, plumbing, and indoor air quality components based on tested performance outcomes. Dan especially enjoys improving existing homes to provide homeowners with levels of comfort and energy consumption that they have not believed possible. Dan is a professional trainer who designs and delivers full and multi day courses for California’s Utility Companies (energy training centers) and ACI national and regional conferences. Dan brings his experience from construction, design and building analysis, to make his class materials relevant, useful and understandable regardless of the attendees’ level of experience.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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