This course will explore the policy drivers that are pushing the integration of central heat pump water heating systems and highlight the economic, energy, and environmental advantages of heat pump water heater systems for commercial and multifamily projects. It will also discuss successful projects and case studies, while outlining which applications have the best opportunities for success. 
Audience: This class is intended for building owners/manager, developers, architects, designers, builders, policymakers, and engineers.
Learning Goals:
At the end of the class, participants will
  • Identify national, state, and local codes and policies that are driving change 
  • Understand the unique value proposition of central heat pump water heating systems 
  • Learn why investing makes sense
  • Identify the characteristics of a good project candidate
  • Learn about the plug-n-play commercial products available
*Eligible for 1 AIA Learning Unit*


DJ smile.pngColin Grist, P.E., CPHC® | Ecotope

Colin Grist primarily specializes in heat pump water heating systems. He has designed and commissioned over a dozen successful systems from multiple vendors. Colin also works on all other facets of mechanical and plumbing system design. He performs building analysis, load calculations, energy modeling, and HVAC engineering design using tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, and eQUEST. On site, Colin works closely with clients on commissioning, construction administration, and energy audits of new and existing buildings.  Colin leads the central heat pump water heating engineering team at Ecotope, Inc., and serves as instructor on behalf of D+R LEARN.

Education & Training:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas, 2011
  • Professional Engineer, WA