A GeoExchange System, or geothermal system, is a closed loop network of piping in the ground which circulates fluid allowing for heat transfer between a building HVAC system and the earth. A GeoExchange system can improve the energy efficiency of building heating and cooling systems through the use of a heat pump which can be more efficient than heating and cooling equipment in traditional HVAC systems.
A GeoExchange system itself does not require a development permit if it meets the exemptions of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw Section 12. An applicant is, however, obligated to conform with all other legislation (eg. Municipal Government Act), bylaws (eg. Safety Codes Permit Bylaw), land title instruments (eg. caveats, covenants, or easements attached to the site as noted in Zoning Bylaw Section 5.2), and any requirements for projects within the River Valley and Ravine System (Zoning Bylaw Section 14.1).
Review and approval from the Mechanical, Electrical, and Building Safety sections is required.