Breaking Ground on Geothermal and Thermal Energy Networks: A Pathway for Urban Areas

Current pathways to carbon emission reductions are primarily driven through electrification of heating via heat pumps. Types of heat pump technology that are underutilized in the NYC area are ground source heat pumps (GSHP)/geothermal energy and other thermal networks. Heating and cooling from geothermal energy and other thermal networks are not novel technologies and have been used in urban areas in North America and Western Europe for some time. However, these systems are still facing barriers to adoption. This panel will discuss common misconceptions, innovations in the market, and regulatory momentum for thermal networks in urban areas.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Club Parlor

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Approved for one credit hour from AIA (LU), BOC, BPI, GBCI (ID+C, BD+C), NARI, Phius, and RESNET.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basics of geothermal systems and their role in the electrification transition, benefit to the grid, and healthy buildings.
  • Discuss new advances for installing ground-source heat pumps and other thermal networks in urban areas.
  • Explore policies, incentives, and financing options available in the Northeast to increase cost feasibility for thermal systems.
  • Identify building characteristics and types best for GSHP and thermal network applications in new construction and retrofits across market rates.

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