Pilots

Permitting Pilot

The Permitting Pilot team supports building departments by building awareness and providing support and resources to overcome barriers to achieve simple, streamlined, one-day permit approvals for heat pump water heaters (HPWHs). The TECH Permitting Pilot will complement and support efforts already under way to identify permit process best practices and understand the permitting needs of residential heat pump water heater conversion projects. Partnering with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) and other parties, the pilot’s goal is to develop scalable solutions and strategies for making HPWH install permitting as easy and convenient as gas-to-gas replacements. The following approaches are being used toward this goal:

  1. ID ways to simplify the permitting process for heat pump projects
  2. Develop a model single-day permit for heat pump water heater conversions that can be adopted by jurisdictions statewide
  3. Train building departments on heat pump best practices to improve their familiarity and comfort with this technology

The Permitting Pilot has developed a suite of resources to help guide you through standard permitting and energy code requirements for your HPWH project.

For questions about these resources and the pilot, please emails us at TECH.pilots@energy-solution.comg with “Permitting Pilot” in the subject line.


September 30, 2021 (Stakeholder Group & Working Group)

Prioritizing Resources – Session #1: Clarify roles of Stakeholder Group vs. Working Group; surface known issues and needs

Meeting Resources:
View Slides
View Stakeholder Group Key Takeaways


December 9, 2021 (Working Group)

Prioritizing Resources - Session #2: Narrow priority permitting needs; outline of draft resource/approaches
Support to Implement - Session #1: What supports do jurisdictions need to adopt?

Meeting Resources:
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January 27, 2022 (Working Group)

Review Draft Resources - Session #1: Alignment with needs; technical and usability feedback
Support to Implement - Session #2: Discuss partner recruitment and implementation map/path

Meeting Resources:
View Slides
View HPWH Permit Supplement Template
View HPWH Permit Guide
View Electrical Load Estimator


March 24, 2022 (Stakeholder Group & Working Group)

Review Draft Resources - Session #2: Review "final drafts" of initial resources; establish approach for sharing
Support to Implement - Session #3: Partner recruitment update; discuss data sharing opportunities and realities

Meeting Resources:
HPWH Permit Supplement Template
Electrical Load Estimator
View 2019 HPWH Building Code Assistance Sheet
TECH Permitting Pilot Stakeholder Group Summary


June 2022

Update on implementation activities; assess new needs beyond initial resources


March 2023

(Meeting or by email)
Update on resources and implementation; circulate draft implementation report

More Information

Email us and include “Permitting Pilot” in the subject line to receive updates and more information: tech.pilots@energy-solution.com.