Ground Source Heating & Cooling Guide

Ground source heating and cooling (GSHC) systems use energy stored in the ground to heat or cool buildings and provide hot water. Some electricity is used to power the heat pumps but they can typically provide three to four times the amount of heat as the electricity used for heating, depending on their design.

They can provide much more efficient cooling than roof mounted chillers because they heat exchange with cold ground instead of hot air.

The GSHPA Ground Source Heating & Cooling Guide was launched at Ground Source Energy Expo 2017. The original guide was first published in 2011 by the Environment Agency to provide information, advice and guidance to prospective users of the ground source energy, their consultants and contractors. The guide focuses on good practice rather than regulatory requirements.

It was originally written in collaboration with the GSHPA with additional input from other industry stakeholders and is now published, with significant revisions, under the GSHPA banner.

To buy a copy of the GSHPA Ground Source Heating & Cooling Guide (£350+VAT) please email 

If you are a member of the GSHPA we can send you a copy of the Ground
Source Heating & Cooling Guide if you click here.

Installation of Ground Source Heat Pumps

To get the full benefit of a GSHP installation you will need to employ someone with design and installation experience. A ground source heat pump may not perform well unless it is incorporated in a good design by someone who understands the needs of the building, the use to which the building is being put and the local geology.

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