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2017 Top Job Winners

Congratulations to Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning and Weidner Refrigeration, Winners of the 2017 Top Job Competition

GAOI member-contractors Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning of Bloomington-Normal and Weidner Refrigeration of Divernon are the winners of the first Top Job competition, honoring the top geothermal heat pump projects in the Land of Lincoln. The winners were selected from a group of finalists at the 2017 IL Geothermal Conference in late March.

Bratcher won the commercial division and Weidner was the Top Job in the residential division. Bratcher won for its creative Nussbaum Transportation center project. The Bloomington trucking company has its headquarters on the north side of the twin cities region, right alongside I-39. Geothermal systems condition both the headquarters/office faciility, as well as the maintenance center, which consists of a garage and truck maintenance facility, and drivers’ area. The two buildings total 32,000 square feet and radiant heating is used in both of them. GeoComfort geothermal equipment is used throughout the project. The Hole Deal of Goodfield installed the loop field for the project.

Weidner won the residential division with a unique combination of water-to-water and water-to-air installation at a new, Springfield west side home that features an indoor swimming pool. The geothermal system conditions the pool water, maintaining year-round temperature consistency, as well as the radiant heat installation in the pool room. A combination of radiant heat and forced air heating and cooling conditions the remainder of the home. The temperature of the pool actually helps with conditioning the remainder of the home at times throughout the year. The loop field was installed by Durbin Geothermal of Beecher City.

Top Job 2017 was made possible through the support of Enertech Geothermal, Water Furnace, The Habegger Co. and Connor Co. We look to make this an annual event of the GAOI and hope that more will participate in next year’s competition.


Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning of Normal was the commercial-category winner in the first GAOI Top Job competition. Bratcher’s manager Brian Houchin led his team through the design and installation of a comprehensive geothermal installation at the Nussbaum Trucking facility on the far north side of Bloomington-Normal. The geothermal system serves the headquarters office facility and service building for the trucking company and provides the company with significant savings and environmental attributes. From left are Mitch Shoultz and Alex Wright of Bratcher, then GAOI Board President Chad Mays presenting the award to Houchin, then Shawn Seibert and Tim Kresl of the company.


Weidner Refrigeration in Divernon was the residential-category winner in the first Geo Top Job competition sponsored by the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI). Owner Dave Weidner designed a unique heat, cooling and dehumidification system for a new home in Springfield to provide year-round comfort for the house, which includes an indoor pool area using geothermal heat pump technology. Shown receiving the award are company employees Levi Steinacher, Matt Nagel, Derek Clayton, GAOI Board President Chad Mayes, Dave Weidner, Robert Selinger, Robert Hillemeyer, and Mike Weidner. Weidner was one of six finalists selected for the Top Job competition, held in conjunction with the recent IL Geothermal Conference in East Peoria. Participants at the conference voted for the winners.

Comments Off on 2017 Top Job Winners - Posted August 23rd, 2017 by JohnFreitag

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Comment - Posted February 18th, 2014 by ChrisReynolds

Sign up now to sponsor the 2014 Illinois Geothermal Conference

 

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The geothermal heat pump industry will be focused on Bloomington, IL next March 10-12, 2014. Those are the dates of the Illinois Geothermal Conference, sponsored by the Geothermal Alliance of IL. We hope that you’ll sign on as a conference GOLD sponsor and show exhibitor today.

We’re planning on a record attendance of 300 for this year’s conference. Things will kick off with a duct design seminar and exhibitor setup on Monday afternoon, March 10. There’s a reception on the show floor that evening, then the conference kicks off on Tuesday morning.

We plan more than 30 concurrent sessions as a part of this year’s conference.

What’s new this year? In addition to an exciting speaker lineup that’s still being confirmed, Doug Dougherty of the Geothermal Exchange Organization will provide an update on our industry, federal tax incentives and the future. There will be more than 30 different presentations in four training tracks of breakout sessions — for contractors, utility professionals, loop installers and engineers/architects.

We expect about 40-50 booths on our trade show floor this year — this year’s new exhibit will be the addition of a mini-golf outing. We will have mini-golf holes at many  exhibitors booths. Conference participants will play a “round” of golf, going to each vendor’s booth to complete the hole. Vendors will sign their scorecard and the golfer with the lowest score will an Ipad Mini! (a drawing will be held to break ties) The golf outing will increase traffic in your exhibit — and it’ll be a lot of fun in the vendor area (more on the golf outing in the coming weeks).

 For now, we want to recognize out solid, regular conference sponsors ASAP on our website and other materials. Please sign up to sponsor the conference as soon as you can, and we’ll start recognizing your company! While you’re at it, please complete the booth registration as well.

As in the past, Gold sponsors (25 percent discount) and GAOI members ($100 per booth) qualify for significant discounts on their booth space. In addition, all exhibiting vendors will receive one conference registration at no charge.

One note — the GAOI has transitioned from Paypal to the Intuit online payment system. We think this will be a lot more user friendly for all participants this year. So please complete the online payment process with your Visa or MasterCard — if it’s more convenient, we’ll be glad to invoice you for your exhibit registration/sponsorship prior to the conference. Just let us know what is best for you.

We appreciate your support as always. If you have any questions or issues, please contact me at your convenience.

John Freitag,

GAOI executive director   

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Become a sponsor of the 2014 Illinois Geothermal Conference. If you choose a gold sponsorship you will receive 25% off the cost of your vendor booths. Gold sponsors will also receive their logo on our website as well as our printed materials. Please email your logo to kbanks@aiec.coop.

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Comment - Posted December 13th, 2013 by JohnFreitag

Sign up now for the Illinois Geothermal Tour, September 21, 2013

 

We are asking for the support and participation of all GAOI members in advancing a new program — the Illinois Geothermal Tour!  Saturday, September 21, 2013, is Geothermal Heat Pump Day in Illinois as declared by the Governor. We’re organizing a series of geothermal open houses around the state — all together this will make up the Illinois Geothermal Tour.

GAOI-TourThe GAOI will publicize the event and provide news releases,advertising scripts and signs for use by member-organizations sponsoring open houses.

Our plan is to develop this into an annual event that raises awareness of geothermal – and introduces geo to more Illinoisans interested in the technology. We want to have an open house — eventually anyway — in every corner of the state. We’re starting from scratch this year and hope that you’ll join with us in building the event into a successful long term tour that will move GEOTHERMAL ahead!

Both residential and commercial facilities can be part of the tour. Both have equal importance and might generate interest from different groups of people. All GAOI members can sponsor the tour and host one or more sites. Contractors, utilities, distributors and manufacturers can host sites. All GAOI members can participate.

For more information visit gaoi.org and click on the Illinois Geothermal Tour logo on the home page.

 

THANK YOU to all who helped GAOI with the State Fair effort!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the GAOI effort at the Illinois State Fair

Many thanks to all members who helped with this year’s GAOI effort at the Illinois State Fair, where a recent-year record 960,000 folks attended the 12-day event. For the second straight year, GAOI was part of the Illinois Energy Zone on the lawn of the Emmerson Building, located right in the heart of the fairgrounds at Central and Main Streets.

Our exhibit was staffed every day of the fair by GAOI volunteers. Governor Pat Quinn toured the exhibit on the fair’s first morning and expressed his support for geothermal. He explained to the Lincoln impersonator, who was part of the governor’s entourage on the fairgrounds, that geothermal was installed in the president’s tomb and made for a very comfortable environment.

The GAOI exhibit had an operating unit chugging out cool air. A replica unit was placed right alongside the busy Main Street, where hundreds of thousands of attendees passed. More than 500 GAOI brochures were passed out to interested consumers during the fair.

To everyone who helped work the GAOI exhibit during the fair — a HEARTY THANK YOU!ISF pix with governor - lisa

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the GAOI exhibit at the fair during the first morning. From left are Dana Smith of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, Auburn; President Lincoln; Illinois Ag Director Bob Flider; Miss Illinois State Fair and Governor Quinn, GAOI Director John Freitag, and GAOI board member Chad Mayes.

Thanks to Lisa Rigoni of the Assn. of IL Electric Co-ops for the picture.

 

GAOI at the Farm Progress Show

The geothermal unit shell (generously contributed by Enertech Global) got a great workout at the Illinois State Fair and is located in the Touchstone Energy exhibit at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur this week. The freestanding display has a brochure holder and communicates the energy-efficient attributes of geothermal heating and cooling.

Many thanks to the Touchstone Energy folks who participate and sponsor the FPS for including geothermal in their exhibit. This unit, four banner-ups that are perfect for trade shows and numerous banners are available to GAOI members anytime as a member benefit.

 

GAOI - Farm Progress Show

Thanks to the Illinois Touchstone Energy sponsors at the Farm Progress Show for including the geo unit display as part of their exhibit this year. And thanks to Kevin Bernson of Shelby Electric Cooperative for this picture.

Comment - Posted August 27th, 2013 by JohnFreitag

GAOI at the Farm Progress Show

The geothermal unit shell (generously contributed by Enertech Global) got a great workout at the Illinois State Fair and is located in the Touchstone Energy exhibit at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur this week. The freestanding display has a brochure holder and communicates the energy-efficient attributes of geothermal heating and cooling.

Many thanks to the Touchstone Energy folks who participate and sponsor the FPS for including geothermal in their exhibit. This unit, four banner-ups that are perfect for trade shows and numerous banners are available to GAOI members anytime as a member benefit.

 

GAOI - Farm Progress ShowThanks to the Illinois Touchstone Energy sponsors at the Farm Progress Show for including the geo unit display as part of their exhibit this year. And thanks to Kevin Bernson of Shelby Electric Cooperative for this picture.

 

Comment - Posted August 27th, 2013 by JohnFreitag

Thanks to everyone who helped with the GAOI effort at the Illinois State Fair

Many thanks to all members who helped with this year’s GAOI effort at the Illinois State Fair, where a recent-year record 960,000 folks attended the 12-day event. For the second straight year, GAOI was part of the Illinois Energy Zone on the lawn of the Emmerson Building, located right in the heart of the fairgrounds at Central and Main Streets.

Our exhibit was staffed every day of the fair by GAOI volunteers. Governor Pat Quinn toured the exhibit on the fair’s first morning and expressed his support for geothermal. He explained to the Lincoln impersonator, who was part of the governor’s entourage on the fairgrounds, that geothermal was installed in the president’s tomb and made for a very comfortable environment.

The GAOI exhibit had an operating unit chugging out cool air. A replica unit was placed right alongside the busy Main Street, where hundreds of thousands of attendees passed. More than 500 GAOI brochures were passed out to interested consumers during the fair.

To everyone who helped work the GAOI exhibit during the fair — a HEARTY THANK YOU!ISF pix with governor - lisa

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the GAOI exhibit at the fair during the first morning. From left are Dana Smith of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, Auburn; President Lincoln; Illinois Ag Director Bob Flider; Miss Illinois State Fair and Governor Quinn, GAOI Director John Freitag, and GAOI board member Chad Mayes.

Thanks to Lisa Rigoni of the Assn. of IL Electric Co-ops for the picture.

Comment - Posted August 27th, 2013 by JohnFreitag

Sign up now for the Illinois Geothermal Tour, September 21, 2013

We are asking for the support and participation of all GAOI members in advancing a new program — the Illinois Geothermal Tour!  Saturday, September 21, 2013, is Geothermal Heat Pump Day in Illinois as declared by the Governor. We’re organizing a series of geothermal open houses around the state — all together this will make up the Illinois Geothermal Tour.

GAOI-TourThe GAOI will publicize the event and provide news releases,advertising scripts and signs for use by member-organizations sponsoring open houses.

Our plan is to develop this into an annual event that raises awareness of geothermal – and introduces geo to more Illinoisans interested in the technology. We want to have an open house — eventually anyway — in every corner of the state. We’re starting from scratch this year and hope that you’ll join with us in building the event into a successful long term tour that will move GEOTHERMAL ahead!

Both residential and commercial facilities can be part of the tour. Both have equal importance and might generate interest from different groups of people. All GAOI members can sponsor the tour and host one or more sites. Contractors, utilities, distributors and manufacturers can host sites. All GAOI members can participate.

For more information visit gaoi.org and click on the Illinois Geothermal Tour logo on the home page. 

  

Comment - Posted August 27th, 2013 by JohnFreitag

Colorado home with insulated panels and geo will cut electricity use in half

 

 

Stand on the outside and it’s difficult to see what makes this four-story  home under construction in north Denver so innovative. That is, until looking at  the list of energy-conscious materials and technologies that are part of the  package.

It is not so much a list as it is a blueprint for the future, a habitat that  has been built with a minimal energy footprint –- both for the environment and  for the folks who have to pay the energy bills.

Richard Sims, owner of Sims Construction, is nearing completion of this  state-of-the-art geothermal, insulated panel home that, when complete, will use  no natural gas for heating or cooling purposes and only half of what would be  considered a normal electricity bill.

This home represents a dream Sims has had for five years. “I wanted to build  a better mousetrap,” says Sims. “I have always wanted to work with more  efficient housing.”

Now it will be the first such example in the metropolitan area.

The home blends an Austrian-based  Amasond geoexchange system with a structural insulated concrete panel system  (SCIP). When coated with Sakrete, the walls will protect the house’s heated and  cooled air with a verifiable R-40 rated insulation rating.

Engineer and geothermal innovator Merline Van Dyke is presently working with Sims Construction on finishing this 2,400  square-foot house that uses structural concrete insulated panels (SCIPs) on the  exterior to maintain efficient temperatures.

“What I’m interested in talking about are the efficient ones,” says Van Dyke.  He began experimenting with making homes more efficient in 1994, building a home  in the foothills west of Denver, using structural insulated panels.

The Amasond Geoexchange system Sims has installed in this domicile has a lot  of appeal. Geothermal (taken from the Greek roots geo, or earth, and thermos, or  heat) is power extracted from heat stored in the earth.

Sims drilled to a depth of 118 feet, where the Denver earth is a constant  temperature of 52 degrees — a foundation for adding heat in the inter or cool  air in the summer.

At Amasond, developing a new technology system for a geothermal heat  exchange was an idea developed by Dr. Sonderegger, director of HENN connectors,  and Ing. Amann, who  has worked in the field of energy and geothermics for  many years.

Sims flew to Austria to learn as much as possible about the company’s  Geoexchange system, not just for the homes he will be building, but for existing  homes that can be retrofitted with a geothermal system.

The top floor of the home will serve as a garden and patio, says Sims. The  lower portion will feature a three-car garage.  Sims says he is already  receiving calls of interest from other builders and architects. The Amasond  system is modularly designed, offering installation flexibility. In addition to  being a modular platform, the Amasond system can be used for retrofitting on  existing homes. Sims says the price tag can run from $20,000 to  $30,000.

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/08/home-with-insulated-panels-and-geothermal-will-use-half-the-electricity-no-gas/#PE5CvVxzFQ1z5hov.99

Comment - Posted March 2nd, 2013 by JohnFreitag

GAOI and co-ops sponsoring BPI training

The Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and the Assn. of Illinois Electric Co-ops are teaming up to sponsor Building Performance Institute training in the coming weeks. GAOI member and BPI guru Brian Kumer of Thermal Imaging Services will teach the BPI training, which will be held in Bloomington on September 24-26 and October 8-10. Participants will be eligible to take the BPI Building Analyst and Building Envelope exams following the training.

The GAOI and AIEC have combined incentives totalling $1,300 towards this round of BPI training. An earlier round of training was held this summer. For more information on the BPI training, contact GAOI Executive Director John Freitag at jfreitag@aiec.coop.

 

 

Comment - Posted September 14th, 2012 by JohnFreitag

Geothermal Project Finished before school started

(from the Rantoul Press newspaper)

By Matt Daniels

The first day of classes at Rantoul Township High School were Aug. 21.

Making sure the building was prepared and ready with a long list of summer projects completed by then was a sticking point for RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio. The largest project involved the new geothermal heating and cooling system.

The new system will ensure that the east wing of the building, where a large majority of classes are held, has air conditioning and heating.

“It’s kind of right down to the wire,” Amerio told the RTHS board at its Aug. 13 meeting, “and there may be a few odds and ends they tweak, but for the most part, everything’s going to be done.”

Amerio said the contractors assured him the geothermal project would be complete by the time school started. On Thursday, Amerio said all the units in the classrooms are working, and were installed Aug. 15. The only part of the project left to be completed is some of the control units are being programmed and training has not taken place on that. Amerio said he anticipates training to take place this week.

“The hallways are cool,” Amerio said. “The positive impact this has for the students and staff is, to me, almost immeasurable. It is nice to walk into a classroom and have it be cool. I walked up there (Thursday), and I didn’t see kids sweating. They can just relax and concentrate on what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Each classroom has a thermostat unit, but the controls for the geothermal system are on a web-based program. Amerio said he and Tony Worthington, the district’s new director of maintenance and transportation, can control the system.

“We got Tony a laptop so let’s say if there’s an issue with a unit in one of the classrooms, he can take his laptop up there, get on the web and access the controls to see what the controls are saying,” Amerio said.

Amerio informed the board all the geothermal units on the third floor were on and working well.

“I went up there when they were testing some of them, and they do a really good job of cooling everything down,” he said. “They’re really, really quiet, too. I walked by one machine and had to put my ear up next to it to make sure it was on.”

Comment - Posted September 14th, 2012 by JohnFreitag