North Village Ground Source Heat Pump Project Geothermal Project

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Project Title North Village Ground Source Heat Pump Project
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act – Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Project Type / Topic 2 Topic Area 1: Technology Demonstration Projects
Project Description Higher education has appropriately become the seedbed of the burgeoning sustainability movement. Colleges and universities have a responsibility to model sustainable behavior within our institutions and to inspire students to embrace a more sustainable way of life. To that end, Furman was one of the charter members of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Over the last fifteen years, Furman University has made sustainability one of its primary institutional goals. Sustainability and environmental citizenship were major emphases of the university’s 1997, 2001, and 2004 strategic plans. In 2001, the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed “to strengthen our commitment to the environment by promoting sustainability through educational programs, campus operations and construction practices, and public awareness initiatives.” The university’s approach is systemic and holistic: to weave sustainability into the very fabric of Furman’s institutional life and campus culture, not just campus operations and construction practices, but the curriculum, co-curriculum, and community outreach activities.

Although Furman has been institutionally committed to sustainability since 1997, its geographic region, the Southeast, has for various reasons, lagged behind the rest of the country in addressing the implications of climate change. Low electricity rates, a growth-oriented business culture and conservative cultural climate, and a lack of government involvement in issues such as public transportation, land use planning, zoning, and even meaningful building codes, have all contributed to the region’s relative indifference to energy conservation issues. The great challenge for GHP systems in particular and renewable energy in general is to overcome these challenges and demonstrate they can be utilized in the setting of an already built environment; GHP is relatively easy to install in new construction but has not proved economical for retrofits. Since significant savings in energy conservation and carbon reduction cannot come about unless older buildings can be renovated with more efficient systems, Furman sees this project as providing a crucial demonstration of the usefulness of this technology on college campuses and in the Southeast. Furman has one of the largest concentrations of LEED buildings in the area, is considered a national leader in sustainability, and has experience installing and managing GHP systems. Furman University will ensure that information and best practices from the North Village Ground Source Heat Pump project is widely disseminated.

State South Carolina
Objectives Install ground source heat pumps in eleven buildings of student housing on campus, housing 1,020 students in 255 apartments. As a regional and national leader in the sustainability movement, Furman plans to use this grant as a teaching tool, catalyst and model for its students, other universities and the Southeast.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Furman University
Awardee Website

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000116
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $2,457,741.00
Awardee Cost Share $2,457,741.00
Total Project Cost $4,915,482.00

Principal Investigator(s) Jeffrey Redderson, Vice President, Facilities Services

Targets / Milestones - Demonstrates the economic feasibility of ground source heat pumps in academic and commercial real estate settings.

- The Shi Center for Sustainability will conduct data gathering and analysis of the project’s effectiveness in reducing greenhouse gases, thus transforming almost 40% of campus student housing into a living laboratory on the effectiveness of this renewable energy technology.

Location of Project Greenville, SC

Impacts Project provides an on-campus educational opportunity, and facility will serve as a renewable energy/energy efficiency marketing showcase for the region.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs