Environmentally Friendly Geothermal Piles At Keble College, Oxford, UK
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Jan 1, 2002
This paper presents a case study of a piling contract undertaken at Keble College in Oxford in the year 2001. Unusually, and for the first time in the United Kingdom, piles were successfully constructed containing a network of plastic pipes, which are subsequently to be connected to the heating and cooling system for the new building. The pipes cast in the piles facilitate the transfer and storage of geothermal energy between the structure and the underlying ground mass, allowing the new building to be both heated in winter and cooled in summer economically and in an environmentally friendly way. The philosophy of the geothermal pile technology is presented, together with the modified pile construction techniques employed on the site.