GeoThermal and Storms

Geo Thermal and storms.

Article by Bill Nowak

With Hurricane Sandy a recent memory, Texas in the midst of recovery, and powerful storms bearing down in the tropics, architects, engineers and professionals of all kinds are taking notice that geothermal systems are the most resilient and stormproof air-conditioning and heating systems available. New York Times wrote in the aftermath of Sandy, “Geothermal Systems Arise as a Stormproof Resource”.



Many don’t realize that with a geothermal system, the cooling tower, boiler, and associated fuel tank are eliminated, leaving little outside the building’s envelope to be damaged. The equipment can be installed in elevated locations in the building, keeping the equipment above flood-zones. The storm resilience is one of many attributes enjoyed by buildings equipped with geothermal systems. Some of the others include: