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E – 1788 Improving Hot Water System Performance in Commercial Kitchens

Intended Audience: kitchen designers, mechanical engineers and contractors, code officials, foodservice operators, property managers, plumbing professionals and maintenance personnel.

PDH UNITS: 3

5 STUDENTS ENROLLED

This course reviews the fundamentals of water heating for commercial food service and describes the design process. It concludes with real-world design examples, illustrating the potential for a high performance, energy and water efficient system. It is a supplemental guideline that complements current design practices (ASHRAE Handbook 2007) and codes.

This 3 – hour course requires studying the document titled “Design Guide – Energy Efficient Water Heating, Delivery and Use” prepared by Fisher-Nickel, Inc. The document guides the designer through high-efficiency hot water system design and equipment specifications.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should understand:

  • reduce hot water use of equipment and faucets while maintaining performance;
  • increase the efficiency of water heaters and distribution systems;
  • improve hot water delivery performance to hand washing sinks;
  • incorporate “free-heating” technologies like waste heat recovery and solar pre-heating;
  • Understand the role of condensing heaters;
  • Understand the pros and cons of tankless vs. storage heaters.

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