IES and Gaia Geothermal Offer Geothermal Bundle for HVAC Engineers

Easily transfer hourly loads data calculated using IES’ Apache software into Gaia Geothermal’s leading Ground Loop Design software

BOSTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 12, 2010 — This flexible, user-friendly Geothermal Bundle is comprised of both the IES and the Gaia Geothermal Ground Loop Design (GLD) software suite. The Bundle enables geothermal HVAC designers/engineers to first calculate hourly loads data using the Apache whole-building dynamic thermal engine built into the IES . Designers can then easily import the hourly loads data into the GLD software to select geothermal heat pumps, determine the appropriate lengths of bore/pipe required for vertical, horizontal, surface water and hybrid heat exchangers, optimize the piping layout to minimize circulation pump requirements, and calculate the annual and lifetime energy/operating/emissions costs associated with the design. The Bundle provides designers with the optimal toolset for the design of high-performance, cost-effective geothermal systems.

“Gaia Geothermal’s Ground Loop Design software package is the leading software suite for designing geothermal heat pump and ground heat exchanger systems. GLD has been used to design many thousands of geothermal systems, including the world’s largest geothermal wellfields,” said Dr. Don McLean, Founder and Managing Director of IES. “In conjunction with our family of software offerings, this Geothermal Bundle allows customers in North America to fully leverage the sustainable design opportunities of this low-carbon technology.”

“Geothermal system designs are very sensitive to loads profiles. When building loads are oversized, for example, geothermal installations become excessively expensive,” said Mr. Daniel Bernstein, President of Gaia Geothermal. “This Bundle provides integrated and iterative design optimization control and will enable engineers to design confident, highly cost-effective and high-performing systems. I have little doubt that this Bundle will enhance the growth rate for commercial geothermal systems in North America and beyond.”

IES interconnectivity with BIM/CAD programs ensures 2D/3D models can be easily imported, using gbXML/DXF capabilities, plug-ins to Revit® and SketchUp™, or our tight connectivity with ArchiCAD® (note- this sentence that you wrote sounds a bit strange to me). Models can also be created from scratch within the IES ModelIT application. This interconnectivity, combined with the Bundle, will bring world class geothermal design control to a broad swath of the engineering, facility management and architectural communities.

About IES

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) is an innovative company at the forefront of the use and development of powerful software simulation tools which help architects, engineers, facilities managers, and all those involved in the development and management of buildings design and maintain truly sustainable properties. IES was established in June 1994 and is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, with offices in Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Boston and San Francisco, USA and Melbourne, Australia. IES Consulting is the specialist international environmental performance consultancy division of IES, its expert team of consultants include some of the most experienced LEED, BREEAM, Green Star Accredited Professionals and Accredited Energy Assessors, in the UK. IES’ services and products aid significantly in the provision of healthier and more energy efficient built environments. For additional information, please visit

About Gaia Geothermal

Gaia Geothermal has been developing advanced and user-friendly geothermal design software tools since 1998. With offices in Silicon Valley and Asia, Gaia Geothermal maintains close contact with the ever-growing global geothermal design community, ensuring that the GLD line of products empowers engineers to design optimized geothermal systems. Gaia Geothermal’s team of design consultants and instructors are global leaders in the geothermal field.



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