22 May 2008

BEST PRACTICE DATABASE FOR GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS


The Best Practice Database represents a crucial part of the IEE project GROUNDREACH
which is aimed at promoting the application of ground source heat pumps (GSHP)
for heating and cooling of buildings in Europe. Main purpose of the database is to provide
reliable information on the high energy efficiency and low CO2 emissions achieved with
GSHP in practice, thereby encouraging the market penetration. In the course of the project at
least fifty best practice case studies from twenty eight EU countries shall be compiled in the
database. By the end of March 2008 thirty three case studies from thirteen countries had
been included. An analysis of the best practice case studies compiled shall contribute to the
discussion of performance criteria (“benchmarks”) for the application of GSHP.