Newton Library Geothermal Feasibility Studynewton Library

Client:  City of Newton

Sector:  Government/Municipal

Location:  Newton, MA

Service:  Sustainable Development

The Challenge:

The Newton Free Library’s mechanical systems had reached its service life and where in need of substantial upgrade.  Consistent with the City’s plan for sustainable development and energy conservation, the feasibility of replacing traditional mechanical systems with a more energy efficient geothermal system was performed. 

The Environmental Services Provided:

SAK Environmental performed a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and cost merits of heating and cooling the library with geothermal energy.  Utilizing the building’s modeled and actual heating and cooling loads, SAK estimated well field size based on modeling.  Well field layout was based on review of subsurface geology, regulatory setback requirements, and developable space on the property.  Capital and O&M costs were developed along with available utility and government incentive programs/rebates.  A well field size of 115 closed-loop borings was estimated to meet the buildings heating and cooling needs.

Summary of Services

  • Sustainable Development
  • Feasibility Study
  • Cost analysis 

The Result:

SAK helped support the City of Newton’s goal toward sustainable development and energy use reduction with the feasibility study as a reliable decision making tool.