Design & Installation Standards

Design and Installation Standards
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Summary

The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) has led the way in providing a complete set of standards for geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems. This 2016 updated edition incorporates all the changes recommended by the IGSHPA Standards Committee since 2013, and is a must for everyone involved in the GHP industry. This manual covers design and installation standards for closed-loop ground heat exchangers, pipe placement and backfilling, indoor piping and circulation systems, geothermal heat pumps, and site planning, records, and restoration.

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Table of Contents

  1. Closed-Loop Ground Heat Exchangers
    1. Installation Personnel and Training Required
    2. Design Methods and Compliance
    3. Ground Heat Exchanger Materials
    4. Pipe and Joining Methods
    5. Flushing, Purging, Pressure and Flow Testing
  2. Pipe Placement and Backfilling
    1. Horizontal Piping Systems
    2. Boreholes
    3. Pond and Lake Loop Systems
  3. Source Water Piping, Circulation, Antifreeze, Water Quality and Treatment
    1. Circulation Systems
    2. Water Quality
    3. Water Treatment and Monitoring
    4. Heat Transfer Fluids
    5. Source Water System Start-Up
  4. Geothermal Heat Pumps
    1. Geothermal Heat Pumps
  5. Site Planning, Records, and Restoration
    1. Planning
    2. Design Records
    3. Restoration
  6. Permanent Loop Pipe Decommissioning
    1. Procedures
    2. Special Conditions
    3. Vertical Loop Piping and Header Decommissioning Records
  7. Direct GeoExchange Earth Loop Systems
    1. Closed-Loop Ground Heat Exchangers
    2. Earth Loop Placement and Backfilling
    3. Earth Loop System Start-Up Procedure
    4. Direct GeoExchange Heat Pump System
    5. Site Planning, System Design Records, and Site Restoration
    6. Permanent Earth Loop Decommissioning
  8. Standards Change Procedures
    1. Purpose
    2. Initiation and Processing of Standard Changes
    3. Processing
    4. Meetings
    5. Standard Committee Recommendations and Report
    6. Board Action