How Building Professionals Can Harness Geothermal Energy for New Climate-Resilient Housing at Scale

Space conditioning accounts for more than 40% of home energy consumption. Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat and cool a building, making them the most impactful way to reduce energy use while eliminating fossil fuels from homes. This presentation will cover best practices - and major pitfalls to avoid - in project planning and execution, addressing the unique characteristics of geothermal projects to reduce system costs and ensure effective performance. It will also review the financial and environmental benefits through a case study, including a historical review of performance data from a live system.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Harbor 2

CEU Information: 

BOC: 1 credit hour
BPI: 1 credit hour
GBCI: 1 credit hour (BD+C, ID+C)
MA CSL: 1 credit hour (Energy)
NAHB: 1 credit hour
NARI: 1 credit hour
PHI: Credit offered for full conference attendance
Phius: Credit offered for each full conference day
RESNET: Credit offered for each full conference day

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe best practices and identify challenges of incorporating geothermal into a build schedule.
  • Discuss the financial landscape surrounding geothermal HVAC, including costs, incentives, tax credits, and the impact of legislation on the adoption of this technology.
  • Calculate life cycle costs of geothermal systems.
  • Evaluate historical monitoring performance data of a real system.

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