The community center has received delivery of the final 15 units that will be used to heat and cool the auditorium, gymnasium, weight room, racquetball courts, as well as the 25-meter swimming pool. According to DeMarco Energy Systems, during the shoulder months, the heat from the building will be moved into the pool, providing free heat. Also, all the rooms have the ability to change from heating to cooling, independent from the rest of the building. The system utilizes the municipal water system as its heat source and heat sink. The company says that by using the municipal water in this fashion, its patented technology brings the cost of installation of geothermal heat pumps back in line with the costs of standard air-source heating and cooling systems, while saving on energy.
Publication date: 12/03/2001