One of the major challenges with this project was with the timing of preconstruction / pre-closing process. The tax credit allocations were made in April 2012, and from April to September, all closing documents, including final construction drawings, permitting, etc. had to be completed, a very short time frame.
As part of the funding application, the owner agreed to provide geothermal heat for the entire project. After two test wells were installed and monitored for thermal conductivity, it was determined that geothermal was not possible on the site. In order to retain the funding points that had been received for the geothermal, it was decided to provide hot water solar assist for 5% of the project’s hot water requirements. Since the project had already been designed for the geothermal furnaces, a full redesign of the HVAC had to occur to provide gas-fired split systems.
There are green elements as part of the funding or owner’s requirements, such as low flow toilets and faucets, Energy Star rated appliances where such exist, construction waste recycling, building envelopes that are designed to 10% over 2009 Energy Code, and compact fluorescent or high efficiency lighting.