ASHRAE GHP Track in Seattle 2014

ASHRAE logo RGBThe American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will convene a special track on “Ground Source Heat Pumps State of the Art: Design, Performance and Research” at their annual conference at the end of June 2014. Chaired by Dr. Jeffry Spitler (Oklahoma State University) and Michael Kuk, P.E. (ASHRAE), the track has been unanimously endorsed by Geothermal Roundtable Members, including the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Each Roundtable organization—including ASHRAE— will support the track with individual speakers.

Ground-source heat pump (GSHP) systems are one of the most energy-efficient, cost effective, and environmentally benign HVAC options available. This has been proven over and over again through energy efficient buildings which are the highest performers in EnergyStar and LEED performance ratings. However this performance only comes with proper design and application of the technology.

The ASHRAE Ground Source Heat Pump Track will take the engineer through all aspects of design that lead to optimally performing systems and satisfied building owners. It will also help the engineer avoid common pitfalls that lead to poorly performing systems. Research into innovative systems, heat exchanger performance, design and simulation methods, and optimal operation will also be covered. Papers and presentations are invited for all types of GSHP systems—including closed loop, open loop, vertical, horizontal, standing column wells, energy piles, and surface water heat pump systems.