2020 Hot Water Forum VIRTUAL

July 21 – 29, 2020

Hot Water Forum is Going Virtual!

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Hot Water Forum will now be held virtually over four days (July 21-22, 28-29).

Forum Overview

Explore the smartest, most cost-effective ways to improve the efficiency of hot water systems, the second largest energy user in the home. In addition, learn about the intersection between hot water systems and important issues like equity and decarbonization.

Just think about it  you can attend from the safety and comfort of your home, register at less than half the in-person fee, and feel good about avoiding travel-related emissions.

You will hear from industry leaders and network with fellow professionals in a community that is passionate about cutting-edge technology, system design, programs, and policies. The breakout sessions will explore how hot water systems can help cities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote electrification. They will look at multifamily systems, grid-connected water heating, optimal plumbing design, and model utility programs.


Join us for the only conference that deals exclusively with hot water systems.

This virtual event offers:

  • Sessions on multifamily hot water systems, grid-connected water heating, and optimal plumbing system design
  • Presentations exploring how hot water systems fit into city-level policies for greenhouse gas reductions and building electrification
  • Example utility programs that promote energy-efficient water heating technologies
  • Networking opportunities with top experts in the hot water industry

Likely participants

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; engineers, and consultants.

Click here to see a list of the organizations that participated in 2019.

Take a look at this short recap of HWF 2019's opening plenary.


If you were registered for the in-person event, that registration has been cancelled and a refund has been issued back to your original form of payment. You will need to re-register for the virtual event.

All registered attendees will have access to all sessions on demand for at least six months following the forum. 

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View the current schedule for the virtual event.

Schedule at a Glance

Download the detailed program for the first vrtual Hot Water Forum. The event will feature 16 interactive breakout sessions, a dynamic plenary, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Preliminary Program




Media Partners


For less than half the in-person fee, you will have exclusive online access to presentations after the conference.




The registration rate is $375.

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Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel: Making Efficient Hot Water Systems Accessible to All

Energy-efficient hot water systems can save consumers money and reduce carbon emissions, and it’s important that we make these technologies and systems available to everyone. Panelists will approach the plenary topic “Making Efficient Hot Water Systems Accessible to All” from three different perspectives: a city policy and planning expert, an energy efficiency program manager, and a plumbing and contracting business owner.


Dr. Matt Cox is the founder of Greenlink Analytics, a clean energy consulting firm based in Atlanta. The consulting work focuses on energy efficiency strategies, renewable energy deployment and integration. He specializes in energy analysis, distributed resource valuation and the electric power sector.

Matt is an energy and climate policy expert with Master’s and Doctoral degrees in public policy. He has authored over 50 publications in energy policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, economic development and job creation, the social and environmental impacts of energy use, and water policy. His research has helped to craft and inform evidence-based energy policy and design at the local, state, national, and international levels, with policy recommendations adopted by several cities and states, the U.S. government, and 12 other nations.

Chip Greene is President of Greene & Associates, Inc., a mechanical contracting firm based in Macon, Georgia.  Chip is a graduate of Mercer University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. He has over 35 years’ experience working on commercial Plumbing and HVAC projects primarily in the educational, medical, and institutional markets.  His career started in high school working part time during the summer in his father’s mechanical contracting business. After graduating from college, Chip worked for a large mechanical contractor based in the middle Georgia area for six years before starting his own business in 1990.

Alice Rosenberg is a Senior Program Manager at Consortium for Energy Efficiency. CEE is the US and Canadian consortium of gas and electric efficiency program administrators, working together to accelerate the development and availability of energy efficient products and services for lasting public benefit. Alice oversees and leads activities of the Residential Sector, which includes whole house, residential heating and cooling, products, and water heating. Her team facilitates members to build consensus positions and identify roles where bi-national consistency can significantly impact the market. Alice’s technical expertise includes residential systems and building envelope. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Colgate University and a Masters of Architecture from M.I.T.

Shameless Commerce

Back by popular demand, Shameless Commerce returns and will be packed with rapid-fire presentations on new products and services.

Shameless Commerce is an opportunity for companies to present a short (2.5 minute) infomercial on their latest and greatest. Audience participation will judge the best pitch.

Space is limited to 20 participants, and you must be registered for the conference to present. To sign up, please email Hannah Bastian with your pitch and contact information by July 6, 2020.

Steering Committee


Sponsorship Opportunities

For information or questions on sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Hot Water Forum, please contact Chris Perry or Charlie Herron.

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