Geothermal used in home that will serve as model for future building in Michigan
ClimateMaster is playing a key role in helping those in Flint, Michigan, realize the benefits of energy efficiency and sustainability. The Oklahoma-based company, a leader in the geothermal industry, recently supplied geothermal heating and cooling units for a home that local developers hope will serve as the future of home-building in the area.
The community of Flint teamed with the University of Michigan-Flint and Genesee County Land Bank to refurbish an aging home east of downtown. The product of a five-year partnership, the structure is being used as a special house for students and the city.
The home is actually the second eco-friendly unit the university and the bank have worked on together. The first was destroyed four years ago by an arsonist.
The latest project, a 90-year-old house, involved a half-million-dollars worth of extensive refurbishing. The building on Eddy Street near Crapo has received new and additional insulation, solar panels and a ClimateMaster heat pump. The property also stores rainwater in a large vat and features a garden. The parking lot is constructed of porous material to allow rain to seep quickly into the ground and not run into the street.
The home itself is being used for classroom and residential space.
The reworking of the home has earned it a distinction as platinum certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Platinum status means a building is exemplary in energy efficiency, water use, air quality, building materials, land placement and overall use.