Oklahoma residential development will feature geothermal in every home
ClimateMaster, a leader in the geothermal industry, has teamed with Oklahoma-based builder McAlister Construction Inc. on a new development that will exclusively feature geothermal-based heating and cooling.
Each of the systems installed at homes in the Avondale residential project will include either one or two ClimateMaster Tranquility 22 Digital Two-stage Series heat pumps, depending on the size of the home. The pumps, which will be manufactured in nearby Oklahoma City, are designed to work in conjunction with boreholes drilled beneath the front yard of each home to deliver constant, efficient heating and cooling year-round.
The partnership will prove to be a teaching tool to other homeowners who might have only considered geothermal in the past, said Titian Burris, market development manager for ClimateMaster.
“With an all-geothermal community like this, we are showing homeowners why they should not only embrace, but also be really excited about, the opportunity to save money and experience comfort with a geothermal system,” he said. “Homeowners here will experience just how quickly they see a return on their investment as energy bills savings are immediately realized.”
Construction on the development’s first 10 homes, each expected to range in size from 1,600 to 2,500 square feet, is beginning and are expected to be complete by April. Some 46 homes will make up the Avondale community.
“We’ve been placing a strong emphasis on energy efficiency since 2007, and creating an all-geothermal development like Avondale made sense,” said Josh Kitchen, co-owner of McAlister Construction. “As builders, we want to build the most efficient houses in the most cost-effective way. … Geothermal adds a dimension of energy efficiency that we are really excited.”