Understanding Structured Plumbing®

| by Larry Acker
Understanding Structured Plumbing®

ACT, Inc. has developed a one-hour online free course through a Green CE Continuing Education Program. This course is designed for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Builders, LEED Professionals and anyone seeking an education on the design of the most sustainable hot water distribution controls and plumbing systems.  If you are looking to receive the AIA LU / Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hour, 1 GBCI CE Hour for LEED Professionals, this class is for you!

This course is absolutely free. The only requirement is registration.

Green CE is a registered contributor to the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System.  This is a structured, web-based, self-study course with a final exam.

Certificates of Completion are available for all course participants who score an 80% or above on the final test. Once completed, the Certificate of Completion will be immediately available and a copy of the certificate will be sent to you via email.  Credits that are earned from this program will be reported to CES Records for AIA members.

In this Green CE Course, you will learn about Structured Plumbing®, the difference between commercial and residential design, and why this method is the most efficient hot water distribution system.

You will learn vital energy conservation strategies, as well as how the distribution of hot water directly impacts energy use, water consumption and waste.  Lastly, you will learn how D’MAND KONTROLS® Systems improve water, energy efficiency, and overall sustainability.

Hot water distribution design impacts three major resources in addition to air quality:

  1. Water
  2. Energy
  3. Electricity
  4. Air pollution

There is an annual cost of water waste associated with waiting for hot water, added to additional costs of electricity required to keep a pump running to recirculate hot water if a recirculation pump is in your system.

Hot water is heated by either a water heater tank, a tankless water heater, or a boiler.  All the while, energy is continuously consumed to heat the water for distribution.  Poor hot water distribution design generally involves a longer wait for hot water, which then consumes more water and energy, not to mention the inconvenience.

Hot Water Distribution is the means of moving hot water from the point at which it is heated, to the desired fixture (whether it be a faucet, shower, or another location where hot water is needed).

Below are a few facts that are discussed in the Green CE Course:

  • Hot water has 20x the embedded energy as cold water
  • The average homeowner wastes between 7 – 10 gallons per person waiting for hot water (that is between 7,000 – 10,000 gallons wasted per year)
  • It takes more energy to heat water than any other substance on the planet, except for liquid ammonia
  • Heating less than 10 gallons of water = 1 Kilowatt-hour of energy
  • 1 Kilowatt-hour of energy emits:
    • 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide
    • 5.8 grams of sulfur dioxide
    • 2.5 grams of nitrogen oxide

The potential savings of water in a single-family home by using D’MAND KONTROLS® Pumping Systems is estimated to be $200 Million per year in California or $2 Billion per year in the US!

ACT, Inc. D’MAND® Systems, with the help of Ron Blank Associates, designed this Green CE Course with the following learning objectives in mind:

  1. To define and explain Structured Plumbing® in domestic systems (existing and new homes) and its relation to water and energy efficiency.
  2. To compare and contrast the different options for designing a hot water distribution system and the impact of such choices in residential, multifamily and commercial buildings.
  3. To list the water and energy efficiency benefits of ON-D’MAND Pump controls vs. other distribution strategies.
  4. To explain residential and commercial/multi-family application of OND’MAND technology.
  5. To discuss the water and energy savings generated by using an OND’MAND circulation pumping system.

The Green CE Course, sponsored by ACT, Inc. D’MAND Kontrols® Systems, offers you, the sustainable reader, a comprehensive solution that you can put into practice in your existing home or building, or your new-construction projects.  Additional information can be found on our website at www.gothotwater.com.

Click the link to go directly to the course on the GreenCE website. Set up your account and take this educational course today!

Please contact our office if you have additional questions on purchasing and distribution of D’MAND Kontrols® products.

This blog was developed by ACT, Inc. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Water Heaters, Water Saving Devices

Companies: ACT D'MAND Systems



Larry Acker
Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www

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