ClimateMaster will play prominent role in largest geothermal residential community in the country
ClimateMaster will play a prominent role in the soon-to-be largest geothermal residential community in the country. The industry leader in geothermal will have its residential geothermal and water-source heat pumps installed through the 1,800-lot Norton Commons North Village in Louisville, Ky.
All of those lots will be pre-drilled with geothermal borehole fields. Developers chose to use geothermal exclusively because of the technology’s noted energy savings, improved comfort and reduced environmental impact.
“The Norton Commons project marks an evolutionary shift in the geothermal heat pump and single-family residential housing industry,” said Titian Burris, market development manager for ClimateMaster. “Never before has there been a project as unique as this one.”
Norton Commons illustrates the increasing acceptance of geothermal among builders and developers.
“In the past, new custom homes were the primary target for geothermal heat pump systems,” Burris said. “Today, more than ever, they are being integrated into built-for-sale planned developments.”
Besides the network of underground boreholes, each home in the community will include one or two heat pumps positioned inside the home. Indiana-based Bucher Service has begun drilling boreholes on the first 50 lots and will continue drilling over the anticipated 10- to 15-year construction period.
Standard lots will include two 400-foot boreholes with one-inch HDPE pipe to supply two to three tons of heating and cooling capacity. Larger lots will feature three-borehole systems.
“Geothermal heating and cooling is a natural fit for Norton Commons as we constantly seek to provide our residents with the ultimate lifestyle experience,” said Charles Osborn III, managing director of Norton Commons. “We want our families to do less planning and more living.”