Monday, January 21, 2013

Emil Bach Restoration (Part Three)

Bobcat by garage ready to move some earth in
 preparation to install geothermal heating system.
Workmen not allowed to use Emil Bach house bathroom!
Building permit on back gate.

Courtesy of NY state.

           The ground is being dug up in anticipation of the installation of the geothermal systems. The core of the Earth is molten iron, and its very hot, the very center is 9000 degrees F. This new method of heating homes is expensive to install but ultimately ends up saving the homeowner a lot of money. Its simply an engine that pumps water through coils through the ground, the ground transfers the heat to the water which is pumped back to heat the structure in winter and the opposite in summer. The temperature underground is nearly constant throughout the year  50 degrees F. When its significantly colder or hotter than this temperature is really when this system shines. To view the schematics showing how the geothermal systems work in summer and winter kindly visit the NY state website. 


Davey said...

Kudos to the developers for the geothermal. Seems very much in the Wright spirit and will make an excellent test case for the technology. I hope they'll let us know how it works out when finished.

Philip McGregor Rogers said...

I agree Davey, I believe that Wright would agree that such a system is simpatico with his approach to architecture and living in harmony with the Earth. He preached organic architecture and geothermal heating is an organic way to heat and cool your house.

“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but—instead—exalting the simple laws of common sense—or of super-sense if you prefer—determining form by way of the nature of materials...”
— Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939