Bringing Ground Source Heating and Cooling Energy and Knowledge to Western Connecticut and Beyond
Through the Professional Engineering Office of Peter J. Tavino Jr. PE PC, founded in 1986.
In year seven of geothermal consulting, contractor installation and training.
Please click on the Welcome page (above) first.
Litchfield Geothermal digs pit to control drill cuttings on existing house front lawn. December, 2014.
Last year was a great year for Geothermal. And we expect 2015 to be even better!
Look for new signs being placed by Litchfield Geothermal and other installers statewide.
|November, 2014 -more geothermal retrofit installations|
Late November, 2014. This six ton heat pump is one reason why our last 3 customer clients referred us to their friends.
| 2014: Geothermal pipe loop placed into drilled borehole.
Can happen at your home too, instead of burning heating oil.
| Heat Pump
and flow center connected to that loop.
Installed the next week. Homeowners now enjoying ground heat.
I was honored to be asked to be one of the Opening National Trainers
at the Annual IGSHPA Conference in Baltimore October 13, 2014.
I taught contractors about heat loss and gain in a house as an ACCA EPIC instructor,
and about proper geothermal heat pump sizing.
Later, with other Connecticut Geothermal Contractors, I wear white slacks below.
Peter J. Tavino Jr. PEPC / Litchfield Geothermal is now an approved Energize Connecticut contractor Smart-E Contractor and CHIF Contractor offering geothermal financing interest free to $15,000, or up to $40,000.
Plans underway to replace this 15 year old heat pump originally served by an open loop system in Connecticut.
Closed loop was installed and we are planning a new heat pump now.
Here is the Bosch Software image of pond coils being planned for October,
pending a Wetlands permit.
Our kind of geothermal was in the newspaper twice this week: Hartford Courant article mentions Pete 06/22/14
Thanks John McKenna for this lively newspaper article on Morris, CT in the Waterbury Republican American! Clients who read this have hired me.
Summer, 2014 same U-bend loop being placed in one of three boreholes.
Avon, CT Spring of 2014 installing a ground loop borehole, with the homeowner client.
I offered IGSHPA Accredited Installer Training: August 11, 12 and 13 in Sturbridge, Mass.
Contact me for future enrollment details. http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/training/training_events.asp
The typical detail for use by all, copyright free.
We won a major state engineering award for our Habitat for Humanity Geothermal Project. Nine of us at the awards dinner.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Whalen and Pete with the award plaque. Thanks to all who are contributing.
Ground breaking February 12, 2014 with the Connecticut Geothermal Association volunteering on the Habitat for Humanity retrofit project.
Feb. 12, 2014 email received:
I just wanted to say thanks for teaching the geothermal training class in Auburn the past few days.
I find geothermal very interesting and your enthusiasm during class made learning that much easier.
I hope all goes well with your Habitat
project today. Your involvement, I believe, is a great example of how business
should be done.
Thanks again! I look forward to the possibility of our paths crossing again in the future!
Schoonover Plumbing & Heating, NY
See TV and public radio coverage on the Welcome Page.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SLIDE SHOW PRESENTED IN OCT 2014 AT IGSHPA CONFERENCE
The latest project involves a new house to be built here in the Spring of 2014, with full site and geothermal design. Client has geothermal we installed a few years ago, and is downsizing to another house, again with geothermal designed by Litchfield Geothermal.
Thanks to all who joined me Nov 4 when I presented a two hour slide show to the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers.
And congratulations to new installers trained by me in Baltimore December 3, 4 & 5, 2013 and Auburn, NY. Feb. 9-11, 2014, for full IGSHPA workshops.
I was pleased to again be asked by HeatSpring and Phoenix Energy Supply to run them.
We documented what was going on in this 1500' deep standing column well. Nov 2013. Continued work in May, 2014.
18 boreholes, fully designed and inspected by Peter Tavino PE.
Congratulations Scott for a great install of this 3 ton heat pump with hot water. I am pleased we tested it at over 4.0 COP efficiency. Pete
PS Notice flow center for the two ton system through doorway.
Geothermal conferences are important. Peter is eighth from right. February 2013.
Peter was asked to return and hold an IGSHPA Training session in September, 2013. The 19 new installers shown below enjoyed it.
And another successful workshop was conducted February 9, 10 and 11, 2014.
Peter, You did a great job and I appreciate all that you do! We are planning some training in February, tentatively 2/9-11 for IGSHPA Cert. starting at noon on Sunday the 9th, ending at 5 on Tuesday the 11th, Wednesday will be a “Beyond IGSHPA Day that I will put together, Thursday & Friday will be a wide open session with a mixture of short (35-45 minute presentations by our customers) and some other nuggets sprinkled in. We are still formulating the plan, but if you are available, I’d like you to do the IGSHPA thing again… Cheers, John
Nov 24, 2013 (from a homeowner): Pete, It's In!
I gave it the "parallel test" Wednesday and Thursday where I hooked it up to the water and electric but not the ductwork to just let it heat my furnace room and basement, I was getting 107 degrees at the air supply opening. Then last night I ran the oil furnace to get the house to 75 this morning in anticipation of the switchover. I started at 8 and had the old furnace out by 10. Got the heat pump in position in an hour and spent the afternoon making from scratch a flexible isolation collar and then making my sheet metal transition to it. I don't have the return air box and transition built yet, so for now it's using the furnace room as a plenum :) I'm getting good flow from my return air vents on the ground floor anyway (I have the upstairs ducts closed for now). I'm getting 89 degrees at my supply registers. I love my infra-red laser-sighted thermometer gun! You have to do the other part of your house with one of these geo... units! They are pretty sweet! All stainless steel body and very compact. And cheap!
Hey Pete, just figured I’d shoot you a message and let you know I powered on the
system yesterday. It works! It was amazing to see it pumping out heat from the
ground. The incoming water was 62.5 degrees and the outgoing was 57. The air out
of the heat pump was 112 degrees and I was reading around 97 at the grill. The
house was 72. Now I just need to pick up a water tank and hook up the hot water
generator. Thanks for all your help! It seems everyone I tell about this is
interested in learning more information. The guy who did the duct work (John Goncalves) wanted your contact info, so I sent him your email address. He runs
an HVAC company, Litchfield County Mechanical. Once I finish up the HWG I’ll
show it off to you! Thanks,
Thanks for the invitation. I will have to pass up on it this time because of work commitments, but it is something I would like to see.
Your website was great like that because it showed more of the nuts and bolts about the geothermal process.
Pete and David,
Feel free to call or e-mail me anytime if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Good luck with the Geo. We have it in our home and absolutely love it.
Ron Samuelson Home Energy Consultants, Inc.
Hiring you was clearly a good decision.
Horizontal Loop being installed in 2008.
Peter heat fuses a manifold.
Peter cores through foundation wall.
Tremie pipe pumps grout in borehole.
Albany candidates take the NATE test.
Bentonite grout and U-bend in casing.
2" single loop in 7' deep horizontal trench. Typical package Heat Pump.
2013 Design Plan by Litchfield Geothermal featuring 18 boreholes and balanced Reverse Returns
Drilling begins 10/17/13.
Our new copyrighted 20 minute funny video explaining geothermal !
Starting in September, 2013, Simply Geothermal is being made available to the public for free on youtube.
MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association- 2012 Plaque Awarded Trainer
VERTICAL LOOP INSTALLER
TRAINER of Installers, CGD
AI ID # 18885-0209
Heating & Cooling Professional
New England Geothermal
Certified GeoExchange Designer
Connecticut Geothermal Association (Standards Chairman)
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers - Associate
US Green Buildings Council LEED AP
Trained, Former - Building Performance Institute BPI - Building Analyst 1
2012 member ACCA - Air Conditioning Contractors of America
2014-2019 - EPIC Manual J8, Manual D and Manual S Certified Instructor
6 year member ending 2013 - Board of Trustees, Litchfield Historical Society
Former member, Board of Directors, Columbia University Engineering Alumni Association
AMERICAN and CONNECTICUT SOCIETY
OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
Member and former
NATIONAL and CONNECTICUT CT LIcensed Septic Installer
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OSHA Trained Rigger
Here's how we answered the April, 2013 Connecticut Geothermal Association company questionnaire
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Peter Tavino, PE, CGD, LEED AP 860-567-4604 PeterTavino@gmail.com
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