Building policies fail to consider the environmental impact of hot water systems

Building policies are failing to consider the future environmental impact of hot water systems according to new research.

A study by RMIT University compared gas centralised hot water systems with point-of-use instant electric systems in medium and high-density apartments. Current policies were found to favour gas and gas-solar hot water systems compared to point-of-use electric systems, despite them being more energy efficient in medium and high-density buildings.

The study suggests that point-of-use electric hot water systems could be a favourable choice to ensure environmental “future-proofing” of building developments.

Read more at RMIT University