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Heat Pumps for Domestic Hot Water Applications: System Options and Case Studies
November 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This workshop will showcase the latest efforts to reduce the load, energy, and GHG emissions of residential domestic hot water applications – an emerging topic as we strive towards zero emission buildings. Recent building energy policy, both through the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan and the Province’s BC Energy Step Code, has placed limits on buildings’ annual space heating load, with reductions of 50% to 80% estimated for most new buildings over the next 15 years. For residential buildings, this will leave the domestic hot water load as one of the largest remaining end uses, which is mostly supplied by high carbon fuel sources.
Light breakfast will be served.
- Oscar Ceron, Senior Program Manager for Commercial Marketing at BC Hydro will provide a brief overview of available program offers in the market from BC Hydro and EfficiencyBC.
- Vlad Mikler, Principal at Integral Group will outline a number of system options for DHW applications ranging from distributed to centralized solutions. Vlad will provide an overview of DHW loads in multi-unit residential buildings, equipment components for each system option, costs, and design and operation considerations.
- Lynn Mueller, CEO and President at Sharc Energy Systems, will showcase local case studies of heat pump for DHW applications, including actual operating data on both DHW loads in multi-unit residential buildings, as well as operating performance of heat pump equipment and overall systems.
Guest Speaker Bios
As Senior Program Manager for BC Hydro’s Commercial Marketing team, Oscar has managed the organization’s New Construction Program for the past five years. He has also worked with the Province to support the EfficiencyBC Custom and Custom Lite Retrofit offers.
Vladimir has a passion for designing energy-efficient and environmentally responsive buildings. With 30 years of experience, Vladimir is well-versed in all aspects of sustainable building design and renewable energy technologies. A recognized leader in application of Renewable Energy solutions and technologies, Vladimir has designed a number of unique and innovative systems, including the recent concept for converting Vancouver’s downtown DFPs system into an ambient temperature District Energy System. He is the engineer who developed and coined the “Ambient Temperature” District Energy System concept, and was one of the first engineers who pioneered applications of low-intensity radiant slab heating and cooling systems in North America. Vladimir is one of the two original authors of the Geo-Exchange System Design Guidelines for applications in British Columbia.
Mr. Lynn Mueller is CEO and President of Sharc International Systems, Vancouver, British Columbia. Sharc Energy Systems has grown from an idea Lynn had eight years ago to the largest and most successful wastewater energy exchange company in the world. Sharc Energy is positioned to be a global leader in carbon reduction and energy efficiency.
Lynn is responsible for a large number of advanced sustainable energy systems using Sharc technology, including the DC Water Headquarters LEED Platinum 170,000 square foot, and Wall Central Park, a city block of 1000 apartments in Vancouver. Borders College in Scotland where Sharc was able to offset 95% of the natural gas usage for building heating. Lynn and Sharc have been able to take the Sharc system from concept to reality and along the way Sharc has been able to develop working relationships with some of the largest energy companies in the world.
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