Atlanta Building News
May 8, 2012

Solar Water Heating 101

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Everyone is talking about solar these days! Do you understand what Solar Water Heating is and how to explain it to your clients?

Join us for this short session that will introduce you to the world of solar water heating!  Did you know that water heating is the most efficient solar product on the market however; it is the least discussed option. With 25 – 40 percent of home owner’s utility costs arising from heating water, solar water heating is an ideal product to incorporate into your designs and offerings. This class will teach you the solar components basics and system design for today’s solar water heating systems as well as installation basics. Participants will also learn about solar water heating’s return on investment, system finance options available and tax and utility incentives. Be prepared when a client asks about these new options!

Deborah Purcell will facilitate this session. Deborah is a Solar Thermal Sales Engineer with Power Partners Solar. She also designs commercial solar thermal water heating systems and teaches solar water heating basics across the U.S.  She started her career as the first female commercial roofer in Austin, Texas in 1979. Then after serving in the U.S. Army as a meteorologist, and raising two daughters, she continued in construction with designing and building ultra-efficient homes in the Athens area with her husband. In 2005 they won "Best In-Fill Development" in Clarke County, GA by the Grow Green Coalition.  Deborah serves on the board of the Sandy Creek Nature Center, the Gwinnett Tech Green Advisory Committee and is a member of the USGBC and the Georgia Mountain Home Builders Association.

Cost: $20 Greater Atlanta HBA member, $30 other HBA member, $50 non-member
Cont. Ed: 3 CPHB, 3 GA Bldr License

Click here to register to attend. Call 678-775-1469 or e-mail with any questions.

Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Contact Amanda Mathis at or 678-775-1469.


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