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Sustainability: Indiana University Rotary Building

The Rotary building on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis was originally constructed in 1931 as a home for orphaned and ill children. It was later turned over to IU for academic and administrative purposes.  The facility is one of the few remaining historic structures on the IUPUI campus. Its location offers the building as a […]

What is an Energy Model?

Engineers always promise to create an energy model for each project — but what do they mean and why should you care? What should you expect at each phase? Like the rest of the facility design, energy modeling grows in detail and complexity at each stage of project development. Design Performance Modeling during concept and […]

Fourth in the Series: How to Balance Your Geothermal Design with Your Building Load

The demand for heating, cooling and hot water—what architects and engineers call “building load”—is constantly changing. Note that balancing building loads is very different if you are designing a hospital versus an office building, school, or condominium.  But even buildings used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, have fluctuations in demand for heating […]

How does a Deep Bench Help Me with My Project

What is a deep bench and why is it important to you?   As consumers of services, you want those services to be easy to use and simple to navigate. You appreciate having one point of contact to address an issue. Firms often describe themselves as having a “deep bench” or a “comprehensive architecture and […]

Third in the Series: What are the Critical Steps in Designing a Geothermal System

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the third in a series explaining the technology. Design procedure is critical when you are selecting a geothermal system to provide heating, cooling, […]

Second in the Series: What are the Different Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) can be classified into four basic types.  Choosing the right one depends on the available land area and the soil and rock type at the installation site. The design team will analyze these factors to determine the most economical choice for installing the ground loop. Closed-Loop Systems In closed-loop systems, […]

First in the Series: How does a geothermal heat pump work?

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the first in a series explaining the technology. A geothermal ground source heat pump (GSHP) is an electrically powered system that taps the […]