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Origin by Steffes is an all-electric central heat pump water heating system made for multi-family apartment buildings

One Integrated Solution to Minimize Planning and Optimize Experience

Origin by Steffes is an all-electric, large volume central heat pump water heating system, specifically designed for multi-family building projects with decarbonization design goals. Steffes uses 30+ years of experience in energy storage, HVAC, and manufacturing to provide this advanced heat pump water heating technology in one integrated solution. Designed as a system, Origin takes the complexity and cost out of your projects’ hot water system design. Our team of engineers stand ready to aid in the application and engineering design support to integrate Origin systems into your project.

Product & Design Features
  • All-Electric & Energy Efficient
  • One Single Source Centralized Unit
  • Three sizes (25/50/75 units) designed for number of apartments on the hot water loop
  • Modular system design, including storage tanks, swing tanks and expansion tanks with building interface section containing water pumps, heat exchanger, valves and controls
  • Plug and play solution for easy installation and operation
  • Comparatively priced to distributed systems
  • Durably designed to last 20+ years
  • Ideally suited for new construction projects

Why do People Want it? 

  • Developers like extra square feet in the apartments (vs a HW heater in each apartment)
  • Property Managers like not needing access to apartments to service the system
  • Owners like better energy efficiency, decarbonization, and lower costs
  • Engineers like the efficiency benefits and the system design aspects
  • Electric utilities like the exclusive use of electricity and the system’s storage/demand response capability
  • Environmental Advocates like the better energy efficiency and decarbonization

Why You Should Consider the Origin by Steffes over a Distributed System?

Heat Pump Water Heaters are more efficient but also can be more costly. The total installed cost of a distributed system with a 40 gal electric or gas hot water heater installed in each apartment can be $1000 per apartment. Typical design life of these units are 15 years, driving owners to plan to replace these units as early as year 10. Owners must regularly inspect and monitor water heaters to anticipate failures and replace. Often, heaters are not replaced until they have failed, leaving inconvenienced tenants. A centralized Origin system provides reliable, cost-effective hot water, eliminating the need to access the apartment for regular monitoring and repairs. Designed to last 2 times longer than distributed systems and with redundancy, property owners can be confident that their centralized Origin system will have hot water during the most demanding usage periods.

The high efficiency heat pumps which are at the heart of an Origin system will result in lower operating costs versus a distributed electric or gas water heating system. Heat pump water heaters are up to four times as efficient as conventical gas or electric water heaters. A centralized heat pump water heating system for your complex, not only gives you energy efficiency but also can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from water heater. The Origin by Steffes utilizes CO2 technology in the heat pump that is environmentally friendly with a low global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Plus, heat pump water heaters can double as thermal batteries, storing excess electricity from production of wind and solar generation, making them super-green and super-efficient.

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All-Electric Solution

The Origin by Steffes is the perfect water heating solution for your multi-family complex project. The all-electric, central heating solution not only meets your decarbonization requirements but also reduces the mechanical system footprint inside each apartment.

We have done the engineering work for you providing you with simplified designs for hot water loops with 25, 50 or 75 unit complexes. These allow for plug-and-play installation with a complete, integrated packaged system where each component works seamlessly together.

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Heat Pump Water Heating

Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from the surrounding air to the hot water instead of generating heat directly through electric resistance or by burning gas. This makes them two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric or gas water heaters. One of the challenges previous generation heat pumps faced was limited effectiveness in colder surrounding air conditions.

The Origin by Steffes utilizes CO2 technology in the heat pump and reliably generates hot water down to an ambient air temperature below 0F. CO2 technology is environmentally friendly with a low global warming potential (GWP) of 1, while maintaining the high COP generally associated with heat pumps. If your project needs a green, energy-efficient water heating solution, click the link to see an example configuration of a multi-functional CO2 heat pump water heating system.

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Product Specifications

The Origin by Steffes is a completely packaged, plug-and-play product ready to drop-in to your multi-family complex project. We know how important it is to be able to design, install, commission, operate, and optimize a centralized water heating system. Our system reduces labor cost by cutting installation time, simplifying your projects, and giving tenants more valuable square footage.

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