When I first started to consider a GSHP for my home, the first thought that came to mind was to get more informed by searching topics in the GSHP forums. Geoexchange is place to ask questions, share information, and get advice. This and other forums have truly helped me navigate through a world of information on the subject. Ranges of cost and performance values have helped put things in perspective. As a benefit to the industry, the open dialog will speed-up the optimization of an emerging technology. I read over and over again that for choosing the best proposal, make sure the contractor is qualified and has a good track record. I totally agree. Where I have a problem is in the protocol, seemingly used by the GSHP community of contractors, to withhold technical aspects of the proposals before a contract is signed. Let me explain: The proposing contractor has expended some significant labor to come up with a conceptual design and develop a proposal. He or she does not want someone to take the details of the proposal, e.g., loads, loop size, etc., and undercut the proposal. I kind of get that. Also, does the average home owner want to be bothered with the details? Would all home owners know a KW if it bit them? The best value proposal that I received and will most likely choose was developed by a highly credentialed professional, with a long string of letters after his name, including, PE, AEE, IGSHPA Accredited Installer, Master Electrician, Master Plumber, Master High Pressure Gas, Master Waterwell Certification, LEED AP, etc. The proposal identifies cost, the type/capacity of the equipment and ground loop, materials, manufacturer, commissioning, etc. Plenty of atta-boys on his web site. Pending is information including: loads, sizing program output, and the number of wells and depth as determined by GAIA GLD and Waterfurnace GeoLink. He seems like a very nice gentlemen. There seems to be a careful balance in protecting installer’s knowledge, means and methods while promoting open competition that enhances an emerging technology. Being an engineer, I am compelled to find the best application for the problem. I have to admit that I have too little experience with geothermal systems to design and install these systems, but it’s so damn interesting – I want to know as much as possible and make an educated proposal selection. I’d prefer to get advice from the forum to get an optimum solution before the contract is signed. When I sit at the table with a pen, contract, and technical information sitting in front of me, I’m not given much of a chance to check out the technical aspects of the proposal. I most likely will ask if I can take time to review the final information, but this may be outside normal protocol. Any suggestions?