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Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications Hardcover – August 6, 2013

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071792686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071792684
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

After writing my first book, Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling, I was determined to get back to work and enjoy some of the validation that comes from being a published author of a professional/technical book from McGraw-Hill. Indeed, the validation came. The problem was that it was written for the layman; designed to provide readers with the knowledge needed to make educated decisions when entering into a geothermal HVAC project.
 
The demand was overwhelming for a comprehensive textbook on the subject of geothermal HVAC engineering. As a result, McGraw-Hill commissioned myself Greg Cunniff, and Carl Orio to write this book, Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Controls Applications.
 
We are confident you will find the information for which you are looking within the pages of this book. There is no doubt it will be a bestseller, as it is already outpaced the sales of the first book, even before publication. Thank you for your interest.

About the Author

Jay's passion for geothermal air-conditioning and heating started during a repair to his own home air-conditioning system on Labor Day weekend in 1989. Frustrated by the extreme tropical climate which had added to the premature failure of his air-conditioning system, he modified his home air conditioner to become a ground water-cooled system.
As he explored the opportunities which resulted from this successful discovery, he found there were others that shared his vision. 
Jay founded EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems to the Florida market. The result was immediate acceptance as EggGeothermal did very well with the technology, being featured on several network affiliated news stations and featured in many newspapers and magazines, receiving many opportunities to train and speak on geothermal technologies.
With the resurgence of interest in sustainable technologies, EggGeothermal entered into a new age of acceptance, and was able to quickly take its place among the leaders in renewable energy technologies, specifically geothermal sourced applications.
Jay and co-author Brian Howard accepted the invitation to write a professional book from McGraw-Hill on the subject, and Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling was published to a worldwide audience in 2010. The resulting validation and interest from publishing of this book have provided numerous opportunities for Mr. Egg.
Jay and co-writer Greg Cunniff accepted the opportunity to write a graduate-level textbook for McGraw-Hill. Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Controls Applications will be published to a worldwide audience in April of 2013.
Jay currently focuses his professional efforts on geothermal consulting, writing, and speaking engagements. Among his clients are federal, state and local governments, developers, associations, and private entities.

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Jay thought he had discovered Geothermal Air Conditioning during a repair to his own home air conditioning system on Labor Day weekend in 1989. As he explored the opportunities, he found that there were others that shared his vision. Oklahoma State University under the direction of Dr. Jim Bose had commissioned the International Ground Source Heat pump Association (IGSHPA). Jay traveled there to become certified as a designer and installer of geothermal exchange systems. He started Egg Systems in 1990 to provide energy efficient geothermal air conditioning systems to the Florida, and especially the Tampa Bay markets. Jay did very well with the technology, being featured on several network affiliated news stations and featured in many newspapers and magazines and enjoying opportunities to train and speak.
Jay received his first opportunity to speak in 1994 as Tampa officials asked him to conduct a two day training class for city officials on the merits of geothermal HVAC technologies. Right behind them, Tampa Electric Company (TECO) began to rely heavily on Mr. Egg's training expertise utilizing him in many and varied forums from conventions to in house educating.
In 1995, Jay began to expand the focus of Egg Systems to all facets of Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, hoping to capture a larger portion of the market. Never losing the desire to see this technology flourish, he became a very successful commercial contractor, expanding operation into the Georgia market with his younger brother, Brian Egg, President of Egg Systems Southeast, based in Atlanta.
As a result of the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009, EggGeothermal entered into a new age of acceptance, and was able to quickly take its place among the leaders in geothermal HVAC technologies.
In 2009, McGraw-Hill approached Mr. Egg and asked him to write a layman's text on geothermal HVAC technologies. The desire was for a textbook that could be used by the end user, business owners, contractors, and engineers to familiarize themselves with geothermal HVAC technologies.
In 2010, with the great success of the book "Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling", (McGraw-Hill 2010), McGraw-Hill asked Jay to write a comprehensive textbook for graduate level studies on the subject of geothermal HVAC engineering. Jay Egg invited Greg Cunniff, chief applications engineer for Taco (Thermal Automatic Corporation, Inc., Cranston, Rhode Island) to spearhead the hydronic portion of the book, and gratefully, Greg Cunniff accepted the challenge. Further into the writing of the book, Jay invited Carl Orio, chairman of Water Energy Distributors, and pioneer of standing column well technology (SCW) to co-write chapters on emerging geothermal technologies, and Mr. Orio gratefully accepted.
"Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Controls Applications" (McGraw-Hill 2013) was published to a worldwide audience in July, 2013. Modern Geothermal has been embraced by the geothermal HVAC industry as a comprehensive textbook that expands the horizons of geothermal HVAC technologies into a mature and affordable technology, with broad public acceptance.

Customer Reviews

It is very simple to read and understand.
J. Emond
For any designer of closed loop, open loop, or standing column systems this is a book to buy and keep at your disposal.
Conor Rickard
This book is a must buy for anyone in the Geothermal or HVAC industry.
mcveym

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jnpotter on July 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First and Foremost I'm sold on Geothermal Ground-Water source cooling that Mr. Egg covers in both of his books. As a Civil Engineer and Builder I've seen many systems come and go. The systems described in this book are simple, logical and long lasting. Geothermal water-source cooling is a logical and green alternative to air cooled split-systems and cooling towers. In our Florida environment, cooling towers expel $100k in water a year and split systems don't last. We have 75 degree ground water in Tampa year round, which is better performance than a cooling tower on a hot summer day. Glad to see the "HOW TO", Enjoy the book.
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As an engineering physicist with four decades of work in the energy efficiency field, I had little knowledge of geothermal HVAC systems. It was in 2008 I began investigating residential energy efficiency opportunities for a twenty-five year old - 4,900 square foot lake lodge we purchased in Maine. At the time of purchase we knew this lodge was an energy hog. Over a seven year period we budgeted funds to redo the entire energy envelope.

Modern Geothermal HVAC would have been very valuable resource book for me back in 2008. My decision to ultimately go with a geothermal standing column well would have only taken a couple of weeks as oppose to two years of research and deliberation had the book been available then.

Though the entire book was informative and insightful, the two most fascinating chapters for me were Chapters 1 and 15. The book addresses a number of misconceptions about geothermal technology. I was very interested in the book's comparison of geothermal versus heat pump technology. It was eye opening! I was pleasantly surprized to learn I was not unique in concluding a geothermal HVAC system was the right solution for our Maine lodge. There are presently over 600,000 geothermal systems across the U.S.

Renewable energy solutions involving geothermal systems require only 30% of the capital outlay of wind; 25% the capital outlay of solar. As energy costs continue to rise, Modern Geothermal HVAC's facts and insights will likely contribute significantly to the future growth of the geothermal industry. I recommend that anyone who is seriously considering taking control of their energy costs, business or residential, should consider reading Modern Geothermal HVAC before making a major energy capital committment.
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As a Geothermal engineer and installer I found Modern Geothermal HVAC an excellent text for the advanced geothermal expert. Mr. Eggs first Geothermal book is an excellent introduction to Geothermal heating and air conditioning and a perfect guide for the consumer to become knowledgeable about selecting a geothermal system and working with a contractor. This new textbook combines the world class expertise of Mr. Egg, Mr. Orio and Mr. Cunniff. Modern Geothermal HVAC engineering and control brings detailed engineering knowledge to the geothermal designer and installer that is often lacking. As a Geothermal professional I see many costly geothermal systems installed that do not function properly due to a lack of engineering knowledge. This book is an excellent guide for the technically savvy that have an interest in Geothermal HVAC to the graduate engineer or HVAC instructor that needs an excellent educational resource. It should be a standard in any advanced HVAC curriculum. I found the sections on Standing Column Wells, controls, load sharing and Hydronics particularly excellent. This book also does an excellent job of advancing the use of open loop and Standing Column well systems versus the age old and often poorly designed or inappropriately selected, sized and installed closed loop systems for systems requiring more than 3 to 4 Tons.
Geothermal heating and air conditioning are rapidly becoming the superior solution worldwide for new homes, commercial and industrial facilities. It is elegant, clean, efficient and the most reliable technology available.
This book is a must buy for anyone in the Geothermal or HVAC industry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Energy Engineer on September 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book does a good job explaining the various types and components of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems and how they interact with HVAC system components often found in today's commercial and institutional buildings. It covers best practices learned in the field, the hard way. It hammers home the Achilles heel of too many closed loop installations: over saturation of the earth heat sink and the failures it causes.

However, it is not an engineering book. It does not go over how to size a system or its components, other than simply leading one to use commercially available software. It is very weak on how one engineers a system, other than "this is why you need this". It throws in a few equations in an attempt to go over some basics but the equations lead nowhere.

The book best shows you what to do and what not to do, but not how, engineering wise, to do it. The book is a worthwhile critical introduction for anyone interested the GSHP field and an important resource for those already in the field.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hans on July 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Are you aware of the reputation of jay egg and his past history.
My neighbor and I have spent approximately
$ 750, 000. With jay egg for installation of a geothermal hvac system. He has screwed us royally, he took the money and ran. He has never finished either system. He has not paid his employees or subcontractors on this job and then closed his doors owing everyone.
He deviated from the design and installed smaller plumbing, tried to substitute equipment for cheaper units ,improper wiring for controls.
Motors were running backwards and he did not know it.
His plumbing was a disaster, pipes leaked all over causing $ 48,000 in electrical and wall damage.
My entire system had been redone in order to work correctly.incase you don't believe this nightmare I have pictures and total documentation of this nightmare. You owe it to yourself check him out. Don't get screwed like we did. Check out his law suits against him.
I hope I at least saved a few of you from this guy.
Try calling his buisness
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