What Every Renewable Energy Trainer Needs to Do to Stay Relevant

My #1 piece of advice to all trainers for the next five years: create a digital version of your content.  Do it now.  Create it in little packets so you can deliver them in an agile way across a variety of formats, and swap them out as your expertise evolves.  Do it for no other […]

[Video Lesson] Magic Numbers for Sizing Residential Geothermal Systems

Rules of thumb are terrible for designers, but they’re indispensable for bidding and sales.  Here’s a quick video lesson that covers rough air and water flow requirements for an average residential geothermal heat pump system.  Brought to you by John Manning, instructor for the Entry Level Geothermal Professional Certificate course.

Certified GeoExchange Desiger Certification – The CGD – What is it? Who needs it? How to get it?

Certified GeoExchange Designer Certification is the most prestigious credential that exists within the geothermal heat pump industry because few people have it.  It’s hard to get because you can’t sit for the exam without some combination of education and experience (these requirements are explained in detail below).  It’s also really hard to understand the process […]

HS TV Ep. 7: “Geothermal Will Give you Better Returns than the Stock Market”

One of our goals in 2012 is to explore what can be done to make geothermal a mainstream technology.

To get some more insights into what we need to do as an industry, I had a conversion with Harold, the founder and CEO of 360Chestnut.

The discussion is around 20 minutes, here is what we talked about:

What 360 Chestnut is doing around educating homeowners about geothermal.
Why Harold loves his geothermal system more then his kids (sometimes).
How and why Harold decided to get into the geothermal industry.
What are your thoughts on installing geothermal versus upgrading the shell of a building?
What is the story of 360 Chestnut? Why was it created and what specifically are you working on within the geothermal industry?
Why every home should be at least consider geothermal.
Do you think 360 Chestnut is more of a ‘geothermal missionary’, someone who is converting non-believers, or are you preaching to the choir, are you looking to find the people that already want geothermal?
What do you see as the main problems with geothermal industry going mainstream?
How does the fragmented geothermal industry, both in manufactures and installers, make it difficult for the industry to market itself to homeowners?
Why should a contractor work with 360 Chestnut instead of creating their own site that attracts homeowners? Why would a homeowner go to your site first, instead of companies that are actually doing the installations?


By |January 16th, 2012|Categories: Geothermal Heat Pumps, HS TV|Tags: , , |

Is there a difference between the IGSHPA Installer or Driller Certification for Your Company?

In the past, we’ve written a few articles about what exactly the IGSHPA certification is, if it’s worthwhile and when contractors should take it.

Recently, IGSHPA has announced that they will be creating a seperate certification for drillers, called an “IGSHPA Accredited Drillers Certification”. The certification will be separate and given alongside the tradition the traditional IGSHPA Installer Certification.

To address the many questions we’ve been receiving from students regarding the IGSHPA Driller Certification, we asked the instructor Peter Tavino to answer a few.

Here’s what we want to address about the differences between the two certifications from someone who has taken both and runs a geothermal company.

What’s the difference between the installer certification and the driller certification. Should I take both? Why did IGSHPA split them?
Many of HeatSpring students are sending themselves or their employees and sometimes it’s been confusing for them to figure out which one to go to and can paralyze their decision making process. What advice do you have for these people?
What will a contractor walk away from the course understanding about drilling? Yes, it’s focused on the ground loop, but so what? How will this training make their business better?
What is the story behind the creation of the driller certification. Why was it created? What does it specialized in teaching? What will a contractor walk away from the course understanding about drilling?

Enter Peter Tavino. Note: you can read more about Peter’s credentials here.