The past 12 years have been a learning curve for Dom and his family on diversified loop installation methods and site construction needs. And in those 12 years, geothermal installations have become more popular. “There are now enough case studies and enough tests have been done that more engineers and contractors are more comfortable with geothermal systems,” he notes.
Dom credits communication as a key to any project’s success.
“Everything you change and modify on a geothermal installation has an impact on another piece of the installation,” he stresses. “If you just tried to divide work from inside the structure [mechanical contractor] and outside the structure [excavating/drilling contractor] ... if either make changes to anything [piping/depth/unit sizes/building envelope/building load] it has an impact on other sides. Communication and working with other trades is critical to the success of a geothermal installation.”
The future of geothermal
“Building operators are extremely concerned with energy costs, now and in the future,” explains Freitag. In addition to being an environmentally friendly heating/cooling option, geothermal systems are providing cost savings for those who install them.
According to Freitag, geothermal energy has the potential to play a significant role in moving the United States (and other regions of the world) toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy system. Geothermal energy is one of the few renewable energy technologies that — like fossil fuels — can supply continuous, baseload power.