Private Collectibles Museum, Edmonton, AB

Ground Source Heating Water Pipe Failure Review for a private collectibles museum.

This project involved investigating a pipe failure that occurred in the in-floor heating distribution system and providing recommendations for corrective action.

The building's heating and cooling is provided via a ground source heat pump system. This system is intended to use the earth as both a heat source in the winter and a heat sink in the summer. This type of system is often referred to as a "geothermal heat pump" system, however this is a misnomer since the heat does not come from the earth's core, but from the sun penetrating into the earth's surface.

The investigation included questioning the client about the details of the failure, an on-site visual assessment, and a review of the existing heating and cooling system drawings.

The cause of failure was determined and system alterations were recommended to prevent the system from future failure, improve the circulation control of the heating water, and increase the heating capabilities of the system for additional winter comfort.