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Unlocking LEED Success: How water heating can accelerate your LEED certification journey

4 Ways to earn LEED certification points for your commercial property with water heating-related improvements:

340 On the Park: The First Residential Tower in the Midwest to receive a LEED Silver Certification uses Intellihot's water heating system. | Photo Credits: https://www.urbanrealestate.com

Propelling your project towards a greener future with a LEED certification has several benefits.

Did you know? On average, you can earn more points for every dollar spent on LEED-certified water heating improvements, in comparison to other LEED-certified improvements. For example, you may need to spend less money to get 1.5 LEED certification points by installing a high-efficiency tankless water heater, compared to what you might have to spend to get the same number of points for upgrading your property’s insulation.

Here are 4 ways in which improvements related to water heating can accelerate your LEED certification journey:

Recommendation #1

Installing high efficiency water heaters can help you earn 2 LEED certification points.

Installing a high-efficiency water heater can help you earn up to 2 LEED certification points. An Energy Star certified water heater will help you earn one point. A water heater with thermal efficiency above 0.9 and 1.8 will help you earn 1.5 and 2 points respectively.

  • All of Intellihot’s commercial tankless water heaters have a thermal efficiency above 0.9 and will help you earn 1.5 points.
  • The Electron Series’ maximum COP of 4.9 means that it should help you earn 2 points in most geographies.

Recommendation #2

Water metering can help you earn 1 LEED certification point.

Tracking your property’s water consumption across 2 or more water subsystems can help you earn 1 LEED certification point. One of these subsystems involves at least 80% of your domestic hot water capacity. Essentially, if you track how much water your water heating system and one other water subsystem (irrigation, indoor fixtures, etc.) consumes, you can earn one LEED certification point.  

  • With telliCare, you can monitor your Intellihot water heating system’s water usage on an hourly basis, with monthly reports sent via email. This can be an extremely convenient way for you to track water usage across your water heating subsystem and make progress towards earning the water metering point.

telliCare connects to your building's Wi-Fi router to communicate key information like water usage, energy usage, and serviceable parts' life remotely to users' mobile phones.

Recommendation #3

A smart grid-ready water heater can help you earn 2 LEED points.

You can earn up to 2 points for demonstrating your commercial property’s ability to interact with the larger electrical grid to optimize energy usage. A water heater that can interact with the electrical grid to optimize electricity usage can go a long way in achieving these LEED-recommended “grid harmonization” points.  

  • This method only applies to water heaters that run on electricity. Intellihot’s Electron Series of the world’s first tankless heat pump water heaters are smart grid-ready. This means that you can incorporate your Electron water heating system in your property’s larger grid harmonization goal easily.
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Intellihot's Electron Series of tankless heat pump water heaters feature smart grid-ready capabilities and the option to use solar power.

Recommendation #4

Solar water heating can help you earn up to 3 points.

Relying on solar power for water heating can help your property earn up to 3 points. It is crucial to note that you do not need to heat 100% of your property’s hot water needs using solar energy to get these LEED certification points. If your water heating system uses solar power for 40% of your annual hot water needs, you can earn 2 points. You can earn 3 points if your water heating system uses solar power for 60% of your annual hot water needs.

  • Intellihot’s Electron Series can be powered partly using solar energy with an optional attachment. This feature can contribute greatly towards your LEED certification journey.

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