Ottawa Project Shares Top Billing with Bush Ranch

Canadian Geothermal Company recognized by IGSHPA

Ottawa, Ontario

A local construction project is receiving global recognition from the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) for its innovative heating and cooling system design and ultra-efficient performance. It will share industry accolades with another Geothermal system installed at President George W Bushs Texas ranch. Both projects are to be found in the IGSHPA's magazine, which regularly high-lights noteworthy projects from around the world.

A well-known Ottawa builder, Jean Daoust, of Daoust Construction Ltd, recently contracted Earth Energy Solutions Inc., to design and install a state-of-the-art Direct Expansion (DX) Geothermal system for his new, energy efficient residence located on the Ottawa River, east of the city. The system provides heating, cooling and domestic hot water for the expansive 5000 square foot structure, which also features ICF (specially insulated) concrete walls and large areas of glass which make use of solar energy. Unlike previous generations of geothermal equipment, the DX equipment installed for Mr Daoust does not require vast tracts of land nor does it use ground water. The DX systems are not only extremely economical to run, they are also also referred to as "urban geothermal systems" in reference to the fact that they can often be installed in the smaller confines of city properties.

The IGHSPA, headquartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, utilizes state-of-the-art facilities for conducting ground source heat pump system installation training and geothermal research. With its access to the most current advancements in the geothermal industry, it serves a world-wide membership and acts as the ideal bridge between the latest technologies and the people who implement these developments.

Increasing instability in oil prices coupled with environmental concerns have been driving the development and adoption of new and ultra-efficient ground source HVAC technologies. These systems are seen by many as an effective way to help reduce the west's dependence on foreign oil. Natural Resources Canada and the US EPA are now strongly backing heat pump technologies and setting ambitious targets for installation numbers. In the US, geo-exchange systems are forecast to climb from less than one percent of HVAC market share to upwards of seven percent within ten years. Similar gains are expected in Canada, where Energuide rebates now apply to geothermal systems.

John Lobb, Earth Energies marketing director, indicates that the company is slated for a very busy building season."This year we have seen a huge increase in the number of orders. Phone calls and emails from builders, home-owners and government departments are way up and they all want to reduce energy costs and their use of petroleum. Most experts agree we are at or very near the planets peak oil output, and demand just keeps growing. Faced with these facts, there is little argument that prices will continue to climb steeply and it is evident that our customers have come to the same conclusions."

For more information about geo-exchange systems, please contact Earth Energy Solutions at 613-839-1700 or go to their web site at EarthEnergySolutions.Ca

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