skip to main content

SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect

Title: National Certification Standard for Ground Source Heat Pump Personnel

The National Certification Standard for the Geothermal Heat Pump Industry adds to the understanding of the barriers to rapid growth of the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry by bringing together for the first time an analysis of the roles and responsibilities of each of the individual job tasks involved in the design and installation of GHP systems. The standard addresses applicable qualifications for all primary personnel involved in the design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of GHP systems, including their knowledge, skills and abilities. The resulting standard serves as a foundation for subsequent development of curriculum, training and certification programs, which are not included in the scope of this project, but are briefly addressed in the standard to describe ways in which the standard developed in this project may form a foundation to support further progress in accomplishing those other efforts. Follow-on efforts may use the standard developed in this project to improve the technical effectiveness and economic feasibility of curriculum development and training programs for GHP industry personnel, by providing a more complete and objective assessment of the individual job tasks necessary for successful implementation of GHP systems. When incorporated into future certification programs for GHP personnel, the standardmore » will facilitate increased consumer confidence in GHP technology, reduce the potential for improperly installed GHP systems, and assure GHP system quality and performance, all of which benefit the public through improved energy efficiency and mitigated environmental impacts of the heating and cooling of homes and businesses.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1116539
Report Number(s):
DOE-GHPC-0002971
OSTI ID 1096821
DOE Contract Number:
EE0002971
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, Washington, DC
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); USDOE EE Office of Building Technologies (EE-2J)
Contributing Orgs:
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Oak Ridge National Laboratory Building Technologies Research and Integration Center
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION Geothermal Heat Pump; Ground Source Heat Pump; GSHP