I asked a question at the IGSHPA Conference a couple of years ago in a room full of people who make their living in the GCHP industry...engineers, mechanical contractors, GHX contractors, etc. The question was "What percentage of the commercial projects you work on are institutional (schools, prisons, government offices, hospitals, etc.) versus work for private developers?" The overwhelming reply was about...
70% to 80% institutional and only about 20% to 30% was for private developers.
So why isn't the industry doing more work for private developers? I think there are a couple of reasons:
I don't know the percentages, but suspect there are many more privately owned buildings...stores, factories, apartment buildings, office buildings, etc. being built than there are institutional buildings. Over the next few days I'll be talking about how the industry might start installing more GCHP systems for private owners and developers.
In my blog I'll be expressing my opinions about what I've the learned about ground coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems over the last 30 years. I've been very fortunate to work with many interesting people who are passionate about this technology...engineers, geologists, mechanical contractors, drillers, excavation contractors...in different parts of the world. I've learned a lot from them and will be using this forum to pass on some of the things I've learned and feel are important. Please feel free to use this information if you feel it's worthwhile...hopefully you can avoid some of the same mistakes I've learned from.