Large Geothermal Systems Workshop and Open House

Image of Auburn Memorial City Hall, with text "Geothermal Heating & Cooling since 2003" and date of workshop - November 19, 2019


On November 19, 2019 HeatSmart CNY partnered with the City of Auburn to host a workshop about large geothermal system design and implementation, and a tour of Auburn's Memorial City Hall, which was renovated to use a geothermal heating and cooling system in 2003. 

If you are an architect, engineer, large building owner, municipal official, or are simply curious to see examples of extremely efficient large scale geothermal systems and missed the presentation, you are in luck!  The City of Auburn livestreamed the presentation and the recording is saved on their website, and the slides are available here. 

Program Description

This HeatSmart CNY workshop event is designed especially for architects, engineers, HVAC contractors, municipalities, commercial building owners, and multi-family dwelling developers. Come learn how incorporating a geothermal heat pump system into your new or existing commercial building or multi-family development project is becoming an increasingly popular option. Geothermal heat pumps are eco-friendly, they provide a comfortable, reliable heat for your tenants and employees, and the economic benefits of heat pumps mean your building will have low operating costs for decades.

Opportunities for federal, state and utility funding for undertaking energy efficiency measures and integrating renewable energy technologies in commercial and municipal facilities will also be discussed.



4 - 6 PM: Presentations and Q&A

  • HeatSmart CNY Welcome & Intro - Lindsay Speer
  • The Engineering Perspective - How to Design an HVAC System Worthy of being called Geothermal with John Manning, PE
  • Advanced Geo Systems Design for Multifamily Buildings - Jens Ponikau
  • Geothermal incentives, FlexTech, and other NYSERDA programs - Scott Smith
  • Large Geo Systems Operations & Maintenance - Bill Lupien, PE


John D. Manning, PE has engaged in every aspect of heat pump design, marketing, application and system design. As founder of Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC he has contributed to the successful application of geothermal heat pump technology from Port Augusta, Australia to Auburn, NY. Currently, he supports hundreds of geothermal contractors through Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions.

Jens Ponikau is the co-owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating, a geo design and installation firm that installs between 90-100 systems per year in Western NY. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited geothermal installer and geoexchange designer with a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

William LupienPE superintendent of engineering services for the City of Auburn, will talk about his experience as the end-user/building operator for the geothermal system installed in Memorial City Hall in 2003.

Scott Smith, Program Manager on NYSERDA's Clean Heating and Cooling team, which develops and executes strategies to scale the renewable heating and cooling market in New York State including: ground source and air source heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass.