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Going green shaves operating costs and boosts branding for dealers!

Early adopters of green design are Richmond, B.C.-based Auto West BMW and Mini Richmond, which were named "The Most Sustainable BMW Dealership in the World" by the automaker in 2013.

The building uses geothermal heat, has a green roof, a water reclamation system, solar panels and a vertical wind turbine.
For a number of years, the dealership grew vegetables on the roof, which were donated to food banks.

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Check out this article that talks about the HRAI report on GSHPs.

The study was done by Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors.

“For many years, experts in the field have known that ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) offer considerable energy cost savings to Canadians while reducing carbon emissions and contributing to Canada’s fight against climate change. This report clearly shows that, in addition to these savings, the technology has unique attributes that could deliver many billions of dollars in savings to the electricity grid,” said Sandy MacLeod, HRAI president and CEO.

The report found that a reasonably ambitious adoption rate of ground-source heat pumps over the next few decades could save Canadians between $49 and $148 billion in avoided electricity system development investment costs – investments that would otherwise be required as part of the country’s GHG emissions reduction plans.


Should Ontario follow Vermont with generous new incentives for homeowners?

Should Ontario follow Vermont with generous new incentives for homeowners?
Great article on Vermont giving incentives to boost Geothermal heat pumps.

Vermont this summer launched an initiative to spur a challenging but potentially crucial market in the state’s decarbonization goals: ground-source heat pumps.

But even with generous new incentives for homeowners, installation is expensive — running upward of $25,000 to $40,000 — and the market is small. Supporters say that while ground-source (also known as geothermal) technology could help New England states achieve their electrification goals, it will take some time to ramp up.

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The Financial Post published an article on the rising development charges and insufficient incentives for major municipalities’.

The Financial Post published an article on the rising development charges and insufficient incentives that are stifling some major municipalities’ efforts to encourage developers to build green.

“Geothermal adoption is an integral part of the net-zero recipe at the municipal level,” Matthew Tokarik, president of Subterra Renewable said. “These systems are to the building sector what electric vehicles are to the transportation sector, so we’ve got to find a way to get them into new construction,” Tokarik said.

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Software and tech giant Microsoft is setting up a large-scale geothermal system to utilize hundreds of wells with heat pumps.

The company says this is likely one of the largest systems like this in North America and with 875 wells drilled it is expected to start operation in 2023.

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News Story Tuesday, September 07, 2021

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦?

The cost of installing a geothermal system depends on the type of system you choose.

You can have an open or closed loop and it can use forced air, hydronic baseboard or radiant floors for heating and cooling distribution within the building. The initial installation cost is higher than a conventional HVAC system but the operation costs are far lower. For a quote on what it would cost to install a geothermal system in your home or building, visit to find a geothermal contractor near you.

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News Story Thursday, September 02, 2021

What are the major benefits of geothermal to home/building owners compared to conventional HVACR systems?

• Lower utility bills
• Less maintenance
• Higher levels of even indoor comfort year-round
• Environmentally friendly: geothermal systems burn no fossil fuels and therefore produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions
• Safer to occupants relative to fuel burning systems as it eliminates major potential sources of CO within the home or building
• Waste heat removed from the house or building during the cooling season can be used to provide virtually free hot water for additional cost savings to the end user
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Interesting article on Geothermal Heat Pumps.

Interesting article on Geothermal Heat Pumps.
GHPs are also twice as efficient as the top-rated air-source air conditioners and almost 50% more efficient than the best gas furnaces; they have the lowest emissions levels of all applications in HVAC.

By using sustainable, free geothermal energy, GHPs reduce a building’s energy consumption by up to 25% and can cut its emissions from energy use by up to 50%. With such extraordinary benefits, it’s puzzling why these incredibly efficient and sustainable HVAC systems are not yet widely used.

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