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Geothermal Heating and Cooling: A Renewable Energy Technology

GBCI: 0910000396

Learn how and why geothermal heat pump systems are so incredibly energy efficient.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: May 27, 2014

Average: 4.1 (19 votes)


This course will cover several critical topics surrounding our industry today in the world of geothermal heating and cooling. You will learn the basic principles of the geothermal heat pump technology and we will discuss some of the misconceptions that often arise in today’s market. You will walk away with an understanding of how and why geothermal heat pumps systems are so incredibly energy efficient and gain a general understanding of how the four basic systems are designed and work for each job application.

This course will elaborate on the hybrid/geothermal heat pump system and explain how it not only gives you the high energy efficiency savings but how this system also gives the owner/user significant savings during the initial installation of the system while providing high energy efficiency and capturing tax incentives for the total cost of the hybrid/geothermal heat pump system. In closing, the course demonstrates a case study of actual energy consumption differences shown between geothermal heat pump systems and VRF (variable flow refrigerant) system on the National Headquarters Office Building of ASHRAE in Atlanta, GA

Special thanks to Climatemaster.


  1. Explain the Geothermal Heat pump concept
  2. Differentiate between each loop type
  3. Explain the advantages of heating and cooling with water source heat pumps
  4. Explain the advantages of Hybrid Geothermal systems
  5. Explain the financial advantages of using geothermal heat pumps
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Raleigh, NC
United States


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Total 22 commentsLeave a comment

Chief Engineer, JLL

thank you

Turner Construction Company

Great information!

Engineer/Scientist - Commissioning Specialist, Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Excellent course and material. Very informative and enlightening.


Very good to know about all the advantages


Very good to know about all the advantages

Rutherford + Chekene

Good overview.


Good information

Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army


Mechanical Engineering Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell Engineering

appreciated the real examples and the good visuals

Business & Project Development Executive - Engineering & Construction, H.H. Angus & Associates Limited Consulting Engieers

Great overview.

Design Manager, Gensler

Also had trouble running the video on a tablet. Finally got it to work on a PC.
Great source of information, well narrated. Would have liked to understand what VRF is or better how that works.


Good one ! Easy ! Flow !

New Zealand Engineering Director, Miyamoto International New Zealand Ltd

An excellent overview, many thanks

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Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Eduardo,

I'm sorry that you're having trouble accessing the video. Are you able to download it through the link that says "Download this video" (underneath the video)? What browser are you using to view the course?



evolveEA Principal, AIA, USGBC Faculty, evolveEA
Pro Reviewer

Terrific explanation of geothermal heating and cooling principles and systems. Gives descriptions of the installation of various systems with case studies of project installed by the presenter. Also explains rule of thumb effectiveness, costs, returns and tax incentives. Very good, informative, relevant presentation. However, somewhat dismissive of non-geothermal systems.

Senior Electrical Engineer, AECOM

Very esay to follow

Principal / Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Pro Reviewer

This course is introductory level, and includes basic descriptions of various ground-source technologies as well as an overview of how water source heat pump systems are configured and operated. The course also includes a brief comparison between ground-source heat pump and variable refrigerant flow systems at one specific project location. Since the presentation is made by a water source heat pump manufacturer, it presents the advantages of ground-source heat pump systems.

Senior Electrical Engineer, DAR

Well structured, straight forward and simple expatiation to the Geothermal system types, efficiency and basics. Technical content and dose are suitable for an introductory course.


Good overview which covers the variations of geothermal system installations. I also appreciated the case studies included, as well as the diagrams that simply illustrate the systems working in different conditions.

Black & Veatch Corporation

Good, very basic overview. Well presented.


Good overview and sales pitch.

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