On-Site Energy Systems

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Leighton Conference Room (room 101), Natural Resources Building

Mr. Tony Amis (Senior Vice President for GI Energy)


Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) are a rapidly advancing low-carbon heating and cooling technology which can be used as an economical alternative to standard heating & cooling solution. This presentation will provide an overview of commercial-scale GSHP systems for buildings using energy foundations and other solutions, and most importantly how GSHP systems can be integrated into other renewable solutions to provide enhanced energy savings and deliver net zero building. Topics will include practical design, build and long-term management considerations along with cost estimating criteria and how projects can be funded.

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About the speaker

Mr. Amis for most of the 35 years working in the construction industry has managed large foundation projects in the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. For the past 15 years, he have been raising the profile and opportunities associated with ground sourced heat pumps, especially using energy piles, while at the same time building my own house and incorporating a GSHP for heating and hot water powered by PV. Mr. Amis initiated the trial at Lambeth College in 2007 with Cambridge University, to answer the many questions from sceptics about impacts on foundation performance and provide clear guidance regarding the effect of heating and cooling on foundation piles. He was a key author for the UK’s GSHPA Thermal Pile Design, Installation & Materials Standard. He is Chairman of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI’s) Energy Foundation Committee. To date GI Energy have installed geothermal loops into energy piles on almost 60 projects, ranging from many commercial offices, Schools, Universities, to Central London Network Rail and Crossrail stations and depots. A key player within the GI energy organization, Mr. Amis is currently involved with one of the largest energy pile projects in the world being installed in California, and importantly raising the profile of integrated renewable energy solutions in the USA & UK. He has authored / been coauthor on more than 15 industry publications related to Energy Foundation solutions.