- The university will meet its Climate Change Commitment by 2020, a tangible contribution to the quality of life in its surrounding community
- Geothermal provides more carbon savings per dollar invested than most renewable energy technologies and energy conservation measures
- Utilizing hybrid systems, the combination of geothermal and conventional heating and cooling components, resulted in the greatest greenhouse gas reduction for the investment and they had the lowest life cycle cost payback
- In collaboration with the university and regulatory agencies, Haley & Aldrich led the way in creating State of Connecticut geothermal program standards, which facilitate responsible development of geothermal systems state-wide
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Ivy League University
A signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), this institution declared their intention to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent below 1990 levels – and get it done by 2020.
Conventional energy conservation measures alone would not enable them to meet their goals, but improved HVAC systems coupled with geothermal could. Advancing the state of geothermal practice to meet the requirements of this highly urban, sophisticated and diverse campus, Haley & Aldrich developed several “firsts” that are leading industry practice:
- Created a campus geothermal “master plan”
- Developed a phased approach to geothermal design
- Provided in-situ thermal load testing of standing column wells
- Designed Temperature-managed hybrid geothermal systems
- Scale-optimized selection (SOS) of geothermal systems
The university now considers geothermal ground source heating and cooling for all new construction and major renovations. Haley & Aldrich continues to provide strategic advice on planning, design, operations and regulatory issues for the university’s geothermal program.