Today’s ground source heating and cooling (GSHC) technology provides a proven method for saving significant amounts of energy for heating, cooling and hot water generation for any application. GSHC systems operate at significantly lower costs than traditional gas-, oil- or electric-based installations. National benefits from geoexchange installations include less demand for energy generation capacity, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a reduced dependence on imports of oil and other fossil fuels. By definition, installation of ground source systems involves accessing the sub-surface by either excavation or by drilling vertical bores. Because the sub-surface heat-exchange process occurs near or beneath the ground water table, environmental and water resource regulatory questions about design and installation have been raised.
This one-day program will:
- Define the state-of-the-art in terms of design options and
- Demonstrate the environmental and strategic benefits of the
- Dispel common myths about the effectiveness, reliability and safety
of ground source systems.
- Explain industry-accepted installation, operation and maintenance
- Provide an update on state, local and regulatory oversight
Questions to be considered:
- Are there any environmental or economic risks associated with this
- Are there data that clearly demonstrate risk cause and
- Do design and installation standards provide adequate environmental
- Should specific professional training be required for the
belowground system installation?
- Which agencies should, or do, have, regulatory oversight for heat
- What are the barriers to widespread adoption of the technology for new buildings or for homeowner retrofit, and what can be done to eliminate these barriers?
The program draws on the experience and expertise of industry and agency professionals, and will provide a unique opportunity for exchange of information among policy makers involved in energy issues and specialists involved with the design, construction and permitting of ground source geoexchange systems for cooling and heating.
Continuing education credits are available. To register or to learn more, visit www.agwt.org or telephone 603-228-5444.