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Resources

Training

IGSHPA
www.igshpa.okstate.edu
The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is a non-profit, member-driven organization established in 1987 to advance geothermal heat pump technology at local, state, national and international levels. They conduct training on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Traveling workshops are also available. Their annual 3-day conference brings together experts from the US and Canada to share the latest information on ground-source systems. They also produce publications such as Ground Source Installation Standards. Successful completion of the training and the exam for the Accredited Installer Workshop or the Accredited Vertical Loop Installer course provides an IGSHPA installer's card, a certificate, a complete set of manuals and membership in the IGSHPA.

Training manuals from IGSHPA:
Residential and Light Commercial Design and Installation Manual
Slinky™ Installation Guide
Design and Installation Standards
Soil and Rock Classification Field Manual
Grouting for Vertical GHP Systems
CLGS Installation Guide

HeatSpring Learning Institute
www.heatspring.com
An education company located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that focuses on clean energy training. They offer IGSHPA geothermal installer training as well as a 6-week online entry-level, non-IGSHPA training course.

Geo NetZero
www.GeoNetZero.com
A Detroit, Michigan, company that provides geothermal renewable and alternative energy technology accreditation workshops for the unemployed, underemployed, and workers returning to the workforce, as well as current workers needing workshops related to geothermal technology installations, commercial or residential.

GEOptimize
www.geoptimize.ca
A GHP design and consulting firm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, that provides Certified GeoExchange Designer training and tools for both residential and commercial applications.

US & Canadian Government Agencies

www.dsireusa.org
Database of US State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

www.eere.energy.gov/geothermal
US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website includes geothermal information and education for consumers, DOE blog to ask questions, database on funded programs, and incentives.

www.energy.gov
US Department of Energy

www.energystar.gov
US EPA listing of all companies (including heat pump manufacturers) who are Energy Star Partners, plus much more.

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca
Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) of Canada manages the ecoEnergy Efficiency Initiative, Center of Excellence for energy conservation and efficiency. Lists Canadian federal, provincial, territorial and municipal incentive programs.

Geothermal Heat Pump Organizations / Websites

www.ahri.org
American Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) certifies heating, AC and geothermal efficiencies; has a database of certified companies and products.

http://cgec.ucdavis.edu
California Geothermal Energy Collaborative addresses large-scale geothermal power as well as GHPs.

www.csa.ca
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a non-profit membership based association that develops standards, tests and certifies products for Canada and US markets and trains and accredits personnel.

www.geoexchange.ca
Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) promotes public awareness, training, accreditation and certification to CSA standards.

www.geoexchange.org
Geothermal Exchange Organization is a non-profit, trade association sponsored by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium for the geothermal heat pump industry. They educate consumers and professionals with online certification programs/workshops, provide a comprehensive GeoExchange Directory of contractors in the US and Canada, and conduct GeoExchange Forum online to discuss geothermal issues.

http://geoheat.oit.edu
The Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology Center in Klamath Falls conducts certification and training courses in geothermal and solar PV technology and provides information, case studies, workshops, technical papers, etc.

www.greenbuildingtalk.com
Find homeowner questions, reports on experiences, info on heat pumps, comments on companies, etc.

www.heatpumpcentre.org
International Energy Agency's information service to accelerate use of heat pumps, conferences, newsletters, workshops, etc.; based in Sweden.

www.nahbgreen.org
National Green Building Program by the National Home Builders Association