Call for Papers – ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Papers for its 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 23-27, 2016. The event will feature design-build practices and residential systems, with emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions: Conference Paper Abstracts that are due by March 23, 2015; and Full Technical […]

GEO Webinar a Resounding Success

Nearly a thousand participants from across the United States and around the world joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) for its webinar on Feb. 4, Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems. Following an introduction by GEO President Doug Dougherty, Dr. Jeffrey Spitler (Oklahoma State University) and his research team presented their scientific research, […]

GEO 2014 – The Year in Review

GEO Work at the Federal Level Tax Extenders Bill Signed into Law At the last moment of their lame-duck session in December, the U.S. Senate passed—and the president signed—a “tax extenders” bill that reinstates several business tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. GEO persistently pursued passage of federal tax extenders bills during […]

New York City Council Geothermal Bill

New York Councilman Costa Constantinides introduced a bill to establish a series of guidelines for commercial and residential use of geothermal energy, and to build a directory of city buildings that might be best suited for geothermal (boreholes). By reducing the use of fossil fuels for heating, the city could significantly cut greenhouse emissions as […]

IGSHPA Announces Board of Directors

In November, the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) started the process of slating its inaugural IGSHPA Board of Directors. The work began with the current Advisory Council nominating candidates for the Board from six industry sectors. Voting members of the Advisory Council were sent an electronic ballot to choose the six new Board […]

GEO Webinar: Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

A recent peer-reviewed scientific study of heating and cooling technologies has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers 44% greater efficiency than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system in a large commercial building. JOIN the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) for a FREE Webinar on Wednesday, February 4, from 10:00 to 11:30 am (U.S. […]

Scientific Research Shows That Geothermal Heat Pumps Outperform VRF Heating and Cooling

Definitive scientific research has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers far more efficiency in a large commercial building than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. In January 2013, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO)—with financial assistance from Southern Company—contracted a research team from Oklahoma State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to evaluate […]