The first step is to determine if a practical system is feasible for the application process or site you are considering.
The Feasibility stage includes the evaluation of the following:
- energy modelling – how much heating or cooling is required based on the daily, seasonal, and annual cycles of the building (number of people, hours of operation, type of lighting, windows, etc.)
- mechanical system requirements
- geology of the site
- overall construction cost
- return on investment and long-term cost savings
Read more on Energy Modelling and Feasibility.
If the Feasibility stage determines that the project is economically viable, then we need to verify that the site is acceptable for a ground-coupled heat exchanger, and in what configuration.
We may conduct a Thermal Conductivity (TC) Test depending on the project requirements. This involves:
- drilling a test bore hole or excavating a test pit to determine the thermal properties of the local geology
- determining how much land area is needed and what type of ground-coupled heat exchanger is best suited
If the project is feasible and the geology has been confirmed, we can start on the design of the system. The design process entails:
- collaborating with all stakeholders (owners, architects, engineers, developers, etc.)
- determining the appropriate ground loop configuration
- designing the ground-coupled heat exchanger
- keeping within the site and budget requirements
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Once the design is complete, we work with installers and construction team to build the ground source energy system for your building. The implementation stage involves:
- Installation coordination with all trades
- System construction within the given schedule
- Quality control – site inspections, performance testing and verification process
- Ongoing monitoring – once your system is in place, we monitor to ensure it’s working well and as intended.
Need only a specific service we’ve outlined in our process? We can step in at any point. Contact us!