Green Home Taps the Earth for Geothermal Heating and Cooling

May 23, 2017

One of the key energy-efficiency strategies for the Proud Green Home of Louisville is the use of geothermal heating and cooling.

Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes, the builder of Su Verde, or "About Green" in Italian, incorporated a range of strategies to ensure the home is comfortable as well.

Safi's high performance home in the Norton Commons development in Louisville is seeking certifications from multiple organizations, including DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, LEED, Passive House, National Green Building Standard, Living Building Challenge Petal Certification and the LBC Net Zero Certification.

In the North Village section of Norton Commons, about 1,800 homes and commercial spaces will use geothermal heating and cooling.

The high performance nature of the Proud Green Home made it a natural fit for a geothermal system, in this case a Hydron Module ground source heat pump from Enertech Global LLC that allowed the home to achieve the energy savings, comfort, and cleanliness, all in one.

"The home itself is very energy conservative and tightly built, so we were able to downsize the equipment compared to what a house of this size would normally require," said Ron Neal, a comfort designer with Allgeier Air in Louisville. "We also put in two-stage equipment, so most of the time it will run at a lower stage that costs less to operate, which also allows it to maintains a more even temperature and dehumidify in the summer better because it’s operating at that lower stage."

Neal designed the duct system slightly oversized to accommodate the variable speed of the ground source heat pump. That boosts energy efficiency and comfort so air flows through the filter most of the time. The filtrations system incorporates a 2-inch MERV-11 rated complete filter, which is highly efficient in removing contaminants from the home's airflow.


Topics: Building Green, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Proud Green Home of Louisville, Sustainable Communities, Ventilation

Companies: Enertech Global, LLC


Wind-Free solution brings added comfort, efficiency to HVAC market

Wind-Free solution brings added comfort, efficiency to HVAC market

Samsung anticipates technology to be game-changer

How Aeroseal Duct Sealing Works

How Aeroseal Duct Sealing Works

Animated video describes the benefits of Aeroseal duct sealing for a homeowner.

Sponsored by: Aeroseal

Demand, research drive ERV, HRV development

Demand, research drive ERV, HRV development

Improving efficiency, occupant comfort key as building envelopes tighten

New approach makes standard water heater design more efficient

New approach makes standard water heater design more efficient

Bradford White capitalizes on functionality of refrigerators -- only in reverse

Green Home Made Healthier with Whole Home Water Filtration System

Green Home Made Healthier with Whole Home Water Filtration System

The Proud Green Home of Louisville uses whole-home water filtration to provide fresh water to every fixture and appliance.

Sponsored by: Environmental Water Systems

Most Energy Efficient Air Conditioner in the US Goes on the Market

Most Energy Efficient Air Conditioner in the US Goes on the Market

The system provides 100 percent heating capacity down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit, for customers in the colder climates of North America.

Modular Tiny Home Plan Designed for Style and Comfort

Modular Tiny Home Plan Designed for Style and Comfort

Though the floor plan is compact, homeowners of the Saltbox won't have to sacrifice having friends over or entertaining.

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Diverse housing stock will play an important role in the neighborhood revitalization strategy.

BeltLine Urban Redevelopment Connects Atlanta Neighborhoods

BeltLine Urban Redevelopment Connects Atlanta Neighborhoods

The BeltLine will connect 45 neighborhoods with trails and parks and has a focus on affordable housing as part of the redevelopment project.

Moving to High Performance Home Building is Worth the Learning Curve

Moving to High Performance Home Building is Worth the Learning Curve

As home energy codes drive performance, builders will have to find ways to build homes that meet those codes.

Award Winning Home Builder Still Learning New Ways to Excel

Award Winning Home Builder Still Learning New Ways to Excel

The value of the EEBA High Performance Home Summit for builders is in the gathering of like-minded pros to share the latest knowledge.

No Room for a Door? Slide it into the Wall

No Room for a Door? Slide it into the Wall

When you can't afford to lose the space that a swinging door takes up, install a door-in-the-wall.

Home Builder Embraces Green Building Responsibility

Home Builder Embraces Green Building Responsibility

Once the company found there was a better way to build homes, they simply made that standard practice.


Related Content


Latest Content

Get the latest news & insights


NEWS

RESOURCES

TRENDING

FEATURES

Phoenix Apartment Project Earns NGBS certification

RESEARCH CENTERS