By: Chris Awuah
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) -New fire stations that are currently being built in East Lake and Hixson will be getting a major heating and cooling change.The new stations will be equipped with geothermal heating and cooling systems, the first of its kind in this area for a fire station.
In the eyes of many geothermal heat and cooling has become a very efficient and money saving source that is gaining world wide acceptance for both residential and commercial buildings. The system works by using existing heat and air already found to reproduce more rather than having an outside product try to reproduce heat through the combustion of fossil fuels.
Chattanooga Fire Chief, Randy Parker, had nothing but positive comments to say about the new geothermal systems when asked last Wednesday about how these systems made it into the new fire houses.
“There is on average 30-40% reduction in operational costs related to standard heating and cooling. It typically has a return on investment (ROI) of several years,” Parker said.The Chief also mentioned that here in Chattanooga city officials are always trying different ways to make government buildings more energy efficient to help save tax payers money.
“We are taxpayer funded so anything we can do to control costs is a good thing for the citizens,”he said.
Green|spaces located on 63 East Main Street across from Fire Station 1 near downtown has had a geothermal heating pump since 2008. The company has received many awards for their commitment to keeping the environment clean.
One of the motto’s for Green|spaces is “living green, working green and building green will benefit the triple bottom line improving Chattanooga’s environment, economy and social equity.”
According to the chief, if construction continues to go according to plan, the East Lake and Hixson fire stations will open sometime later this year. For more information click here for the director of Green|spaces Anj Mcclain Sound Bite.