Norton Commons to construct largest geothermal community in America

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:36 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2015 at 5:36 AM EST
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Aerial of North Village (Source: Norton Commons)
Aerial of North Village (Source: Norton Commons)

Press release from Norton Commons

LOUISVILLE, KY - Norton Commons today announced it will construct the largest 100-percent geothermal residential community in the United States. Louisville's only Traditional Neighborhood Development will introduce state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling at its approximately 1,800-lot North Village. The move will provide homeowners with significant energy savings, improve comfort, maximize space, reduce the noise of outdoor units and decrease environmental impact.

The move to geothermal heating and cooling is part of Norton Commons' overall mission to provide its residents with More Life Per Square Foot by maximizing space and improving the overall comfort of the families who live, work, and play within the neighborhood.

Geothermal heating and cooling will eliminate the need for outdoor air conditioning units and reduce noise while increasing areas for residents to enjoy the outdoors. A network of underground geothermal loops and efficiently-sized heat pump units inside each home will provide homeowners with the most comfortable heating and cooling systems available on the market today.

"Introducing geothermal heating and cooling to our North Village development will allow our homeowners to improve the indoor and outdoor comfort of their homes at significant energy savings," said Norton Commons managing director, Charles A. Osborn III. "Geothermal heating and cooling is a natural fit for Norton Commons as we constantly seek to provide our residents with the ultimate lifestyle experience and all the classic conveniences of a mixed-use community. We want our families to do less planning and more living, essentially maximizing every square foot of space so there is more to enjoy and more to do."

Drilling for the underground geothermal fields will begin next week on the first 50 lots at Norton Commons and is being overseen by Aurora, Indiana-based Bucher Services. Drilling at another 75 lots will follow later this spring. Norton Commons is also working with manufacturer's distributor Corken Steel Product Company, a partner of ClimateMaster Inc., to provide geothermal and water-source heat pumps to the new development.

"The Norton Commons project marks an evolutionary shift in the geothermal heat pump and single-family residential housing industry," said ClimateMaster market development manager Titian Burris. "Never before has there been a project as unique as this one. This shift is exposing the change in attitudes among builders and developers as, in the past, new custom homes were the primary target for geothermal heat pump systems. Today, more than ever, they are being integrated into built-for-sale planned developments."

An interactive kiosk will be available in February at the Norton Commons sales center to help current and future homeowners explore the new geothermal heating and cooling option and learn more about each system's installation, function, and long-term energy performance benefits.