Why do ground loops in moist soils sometimes perform better than expected? What ground loop design tactics can address building system imbalance? Engineers need to take more responsibility for their full GSHP designs, and these questions are a good place to start.
With a little guidance on ground-source heat pump design temperatures and a few rules of thumb for ground loop flow rates, most engineers are pretty comfortable designing the building side of a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) system.
This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B June test for an HVAC application on a college campus with a building program to construct a new 12-classroom facility. The project delivery method is integrated project delivery (IPD).
Wind turbines, subcooled glycol/water, geothermal wells, reuse of coil condensation water, and a central heat pump water heating system are among the innovative measures used in the five buildings receiving ASHRAE Technology Awards.
In the interests of expanding consumer awareness regarding geothermal-based heating and cooling, Bosch Thermotechnology will conduct a public awareness and educational campaign this year centered on the technology and its environmental benefits.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.