Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:30 – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:30 – 4:30 pm

Geothermal Heat Pumps and Indoor Thermal Comfort


   Understanding the refrigeration cycle

   The effect of air flow and insulation

   How comfort is measured

   Understanding efficiency

Understanding Earth Loop Systems

   Architecture of closed loop systems

      Horizontal ground loops

      Vertical ground loops

   Open loop systems

   Evaluating topography

   Measuring soil conductivity

   Environments for ground-loop systems:
     beneath yards, fields, parking lots, and buildings

Designing Geothermal Systems

   Determining loop type

   Making heat loss calculations

   Sizing the unit

   Sizing the loop

Choosing System Components

   Basic components of geothermal heat pump systems:
     pump, compressor, heat exchanger

   Forced air systems

   Hydronic systems

   Domestic hot water options

Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems

   Incentives to use geothermal

   Measuring performance

   Calculating savings and cost

   Environmental benefits

Geothermal Case Studies


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Contact Hours/PDHs

Building Performance Institute
     3.25 CEUs

     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35) and New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

The Building Performance Institute has awarded 3.25 CEUs for the completion of this seminar.

This event offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Peter Tavino, P.E.

New York and Connecticut Drone Video and Peter J. Tavino, Jr., Professional Engineering Corp.

Owner of New York and Connecticut Drone Video and Peter J. Tavino, Jr., Professional Engineering Corp.Mr. Tavino is a licensed professional civil engineer in New York, Connecticut and Florida with a master of science degree in Engineering from Columbia University. His career began in New York City as a structural and soils engineer, and then as a suburban land developer, subdividing acreage, building roads and selling lots. In 2008 he formed Litchfield Geothermal and was an active trainer and instructor in ground source heating and cooling. In 2016 Mr. Tavino passed the Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 remote pilot test and formed New York and Connecticut Drone Video. Mr. Tavino lectures and gives an introductory overview of drone applications for engineers.