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Bronx River House Spotlight: Geothermal Systems

As we near the completion of River House, we’ll be introducing some of the green design elements that will make River House the "Greenest Building in the South Bronx!"

Today’s spotlight is on River House’s Geothermal Systems!

Geothermal systems are able to heat and cool a home by tapping into temperatures beneath the earth’s surface. At River House, this system is comprised of two large geothermal wells covering 2,500 ft deep below ground.

The system consists of a heat pump and a ground loop or underground pipes that connect to the heat pump. During winter, the pipes circulate water which absorbs heat from the earth and then returns it to the indoor heat pump. The heat pump extracts the heat from the liquid, and will then distribute it throughout River House as warm air. During the summer, the indoor heat pump takes the hot air from your home and removes the heat. This leaves behind cool air which will be distributed through River House as air-conditioning.

The geothermal system at River House will ensure that our occupancy along the Bronx River is more efficient, cleaner and safer than conventional heating and cooling systems, thereby providing communities of the South Bronx with an environmentally-friendly facility to engage with the Bronx River!

Care to support the greenest building in the South Bronx? Your donation will help advance our goals of making River House a model for green design and energy to serve the restoration of the Bronx River.

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