2023 Housing Innovation Award Winner

Buffalo Geothermal has secured two prestigious awards in collaboration with Affordable Housing Concepts as part of the 2023 Housing Innovation Awards for the Zero Place project.

The first award, The Total Package Award, recognizes the outstanding achievement in ZERH, highlighting their comprehensive approach to sustainable building practices across various categories.

Additionally, they won the Blazing the Trail Winner award, underscoring their innovative utilization of cutting-edge technologies, materials, and advanced controls to enhance home performance and drive market transformation.

These awards not only acknowledge Buffalo Geothermal’s commitment to excellence but also highlight its pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of what is achievable in sustainable housing solutions.

11 Energy Saving Tips

Learn about our top 11 Energy Saving Tips:

  1. Replace your current heating system to Geothermal if older than 15 years 
  2. Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.
  4. Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
  5. Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.
  6. Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.
  7. Change to new light bulbs. Reduce energy as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescent, CFLs and LEDs.
  8. Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.
  9. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.
  10. Install a heat pump water heaters that can cut water heating costs by an average of 50% over standard electric water heaters.
  11. Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water.

More information about Energy Saving Ideas can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Website

Geothermal Heat Pump information is also available.

Video of Geothermal Heat Pumps might help you out too!

Buffalo Geothermal Wins with Siano Building NY-GEO

Buffalo Geothermal Wins 1st Runner Up for TOP JOB at the 2018 NY-GEO Conference for The Siano Building


April 18 – 19, 2018 Buffalo Geothermal Heating LLC, attended the New York Geothermal Energy Organization Conference in Albany, NY.  Owner, Jens Ponikau, presented another year on a Top Job submission.  This year we submitted The Siano Building at 363 Grant Street in Buffalo and won 1st runner up. See a video of what we built here.  Congrats to the winner, Larry Lessard of Achieve Renewable Energy LLC for installing a 21st Century Geothermal system in a Historic Mill Building in Massachussetts!


WE WON 1st Runner Up!  

When Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the grand opening of The Siano Building, located at 363 Grant Street in Buffalo, he emphasized on how the $2.3 million Better Buffalo Fund project had transformed a vacant lot into a 12,600 square-foot, mixed-use building consisting of retail space and 11 apartments utilizing geothermal heating and cooling.
Voted best urban fill-in 2017 by Buffalo Rising Magazine, the building focuses on neighborhood revitalization and sustainability. 
Architect John Wingfelder designed the exterior to include projecting bay windows and fixed store canopies to reflect the uniqueness of this building.  More photos of the Siano Building can be seen on his website
The entire building is exclusively conditioned by geothermal heating and cooling, with each apartment being it having its own heat pump for zone control. In addition, the entire domestic hot water is generated via geothermal, allowing a smaller loop field in this cooling dominated building and reduced upfront costs. A central variable pressure ECM pump adopts to all load scenarios with ultimate efficiency. The entire ground loop is installed under the building, allowing for space saving installation and setting a precedence and example for the application of geothermal systems in dense urban settings.
City Council Member David Rivera said, “Grant Street is the embodiment of diversity, culture and growth here on the Westside. The Better Buffalo Fund is producing projects such as The Siano Building, which will transform this area of Grant Street and fully develop this location to be a healthy and sustainable neighborhood in the City of Buffalo. Walkable neighborhoods that encourage alternative transportation in mixed use development create an environment of smart and collaborative growth that benefits everyone. I want to thank the Better Buffalo Fund, as well as the Siano brothers for their commitment to Grant Street.”



Top Job Winner Buffalo Geothermal

NY-GEO 2018


Buffalo Geothermal Wins Top Job

Buffalo Geothermal Heating Wins NY-GEO ‘Top Job’ Award

The objective of the GeoStar Top Job Competition is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, creativity and imagination that exists in geothermal system designers and installers. An additional aim is to communicate to those outside the industry the variety of ways that geothermal heat pump technology can be applied. Our job switched 72 low-income apartments in Western New York from electric baseboard heating to 100% geothermal heating, cooling and domestic hot water using shared closed loop fields. Read more.

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“The capstone of the two-day event continues to be the “Top-Job” competition. Among the entries included the impressive St. Patrick’s Cathedral geothermal conversion in Manhattan and the William F. Buck Middle School conversion from the public city water mains in Valley Stream, New York.

With such an impressive list of entries, the decision was difficult for the panel of judges. The 72-unit Lockport Housing Authority geothermal conversion won the day. Jens Ponikau of Buffalo Geothermal in Cheektowaga, New York, worked closely with the housing authority to convert the facility with a small footprint on time and on budget.” – theNEWS

NYS Politicians Support Renewable Energy

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator Robert Ortt and Assemblyman Sean Ryan Gather at Local Business to Support Renewable Energy

“I am very proud to be here [Buffalo Geothermal] and stand up for something that is good for one of our local businesses,” boasted Senator Patrick Gallivan​. “A local business that had the foresight to look ahead and see what they could do different, what they could do that would help consumers, what they could do that would help the economy and they put together a very successful model.” Local politicians support renewable energy.

The program allows homeowners, small businesses and not-for-profits to finance energy efficiency improvements through a charge on their utility bill. The program takes January 1, 2018.

“It is a win-win for the pocketbook and it is a win-win for the environment. We are here to announce there is one more item on your menu when you are thinking of replacing or changing. your heating and cooling system.”

Explained by State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Politicians at Buffalo Geothermal Showroom

Buffalo Geothermal​ offers the highest quality geothermal heating & cooling installations. Reasonable prices + the best experience. Call 716-684-8848 to learn more. www.buffalogeothermalheating.com​ – Go green to save green! If you would like more information about this topic, please email: [email protected]

Natale: Energy Efficiency Building in WNY

Buffalo Geothermal partners with Natale Builders for first green housing development in Western New York

Buffalo Geothermal is proud to partner with Natale Builders, one of Western New York’s premier builders, to construct 35 new homes to a new energy efficiency standard unparalleled in the Buffalo/Niagara region.
Rivera Greens is the first certified NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Green Standards/Eco-Friendly Development in Western New York and consists of the first “Net Zero” homes and development dedicated to conserving Energy
and Green Standards. All home designs in Rivera Greens are Energy Star rated and will save the owners 60%-100% of their utility bills.

Natale Builders is committed to offer those ultra energy efficient homes at no extra costs to its customers, demonstrating a new standard in home building and a leading the way by applying cutting edge energy efficient technology.

Besides dramatically reducing the energy needs of the homes, state of the art geothermal technology will be installed to comfortably heat, cool and dehumidify the energy efficient homes, in addition to heat the domestic hot water.

Natale Builders applies this visionary approach not only with the Rivera Green Development, but has committed itself to offer advanced geothermal heating and cooling systems to all their customers, effectively setting a new standard in energy efficiency.

Please visit the Rivera Green Website for further details.

ECC and Buffalo Geothermal Partner

The Erie Community College (ECC) Green Building Technology Center was designed to showcase cutting-edge energy efficient building technologies in an educational setting. ECC engaged Buffalo Geothermal to design and install a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system in this rather small 1342 square foot formerly residential house. On display and available for student training are a variety of geothermal and distribution systems.

A dual compressor stage water-to-air heat pump (WaterFurnace 5 Series) provides both heating and cooling. The dual stage technology ensures that the heatpump runs in the more efficient 1st stage most of the time when not the maximum amount of heat is needed. This allows the variable speed fan to adapt and operate at the quietest and most comfortable setting, with the capacity to automatically increase the fanspeed if more capacity is needed. A bottom-discharge configuration was selected to allow for easier viewing by students of the inner workings of this heat pump.

A water-to-water heat pump handles the radiant zones as well as conditioning the domestic hot water for the facility all year around. The most efficient radiant distribution systems were installed, comprising of extruded aluminum panels on top of the subfloor just beneath the finished hardwood flooring, as well as radiant pipes below the floor utilizing aluminum heat transfer plates in order to further reduce the needed water temperature.

Multiple innovative control strategies have been applied in order to maximize efficiency. The system measures the outside temperature and generates only the water temperature needed to heat the building. A single ultra efficient DC inverter driven variable speed pump ensures that only the minimum amount of pumping power is used to keep each radiant zone at a desired temperature. Each radiant zone is controlled by a motorized zone valve and has its own thermostatic settings.

Buffalo Geothermal installed a horizontal slinky loop-field, with 3,000 ft of high density polyethylene pipe set at 8’ depth underneath the surrounding parking lot to allow for effective heat transfer. The loopfield serves both heatpumps at the same time, thus if only one heatpump is running, the flow and pumping power is reduced to save electricity, and the heatpump running benefits from the larger loopfield capacity.

Buffalo Geothermal and Earth Sensitive solutions primarily designed the system as an educational and training tool for the next generation of renewable energy installers studying at ECC, utilizing the newest advancements in geothermal technology and design to push geothermal efficiency and comfort to the next level.

As a leader in geothermal efficiency and design, Buffalo Geothermal conducts regular training sessions to ECC students to provide onsite hands-on experience.

See the Buffalo News article about the EEC green technology center at http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/erie-community-college/ecc-opens-green-center-to-train-students-in-solar-wind-and-geothermal-technologies-20130912


Buffalo Geothermal partners with Rehwaldt

Buffalo Geothermal partners with Rehwaldt Builders for energy efficient Deerview development in Royalton, NY

Buffalo Geothermal is proud to partner with Rehwaldt builders for the all new Deer View patio home development in Royalton, NY. All homes will be Energy Star rated and built to be highest standard in efficiency and sustainability, having a high efficiency geothermal system for heating, cooling and hot water generation, running completely without any fossil fuel.
This allows country side living in a beautiful setting without the dependency for propane or heating oil, the lowest possible operational cost and the highest comfort available today.”

Learn more about the Deerview development

Lockport Housing Authority: ASHRAE

The official peer reviewed Journal of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

When the Lockport Housing Authority converted their Office Building in 2014 from gas to geothermal, it set two goals for us as a contractor:

  1. Ensure the highest possible comfort to their employees
  2. Ensure the highest possible efficiency of the geothermal system

The conversion gave us a unique opportunity to compare the energy impact of the geothermal system The monthly energy data was provided by the Housing Authority, and ASHRAE scrutinized everything through 3 peer reviewers in the process.

The data was normalized for the roof insulation upgrade and the weather, excluding all the cociding factors. The geo system reduced normalized natural gas consumption from 160,537 kWh (537 Million BTUs) in 2013 to 1,436 kWh in 2015. Normalized electricity consumption increased in 2015 by 13,666 kWh, so the geo system provided the space conditioning with 8.5% of the energy of the previous system. This was not only due to the higher efficiency of the geo system in heating, but also due to the significantly reduced electrical consumption during air conditioning season. In addition, the older furnaces and boilers were not operating at their nameplate efficiency between 70-85%, but between 50-60%, and also consumed significant energy for blower and pumping power not accounted for in the AFUE ratings. Thus the entire site’s energy was reduced by 60% through the installation of the geo system. In addition, the entire site is now free of emissions with the exception of the weekly test run of the emergency generators.

This is an important peer reviewed case study of the energy impact of a geothermal conversion from fossil fuel based heating (and conventional A/C) to geothermal, and indirectly the impact on carbon emissions.


Jay Scott, the Editor in Chief of the ASHRAE journal, wrote an editorial on the article, and highlighted the significance of the fact that the data was collected during the polar vortex winter of 2015, with February of 2015 being the coldest month on record, and where the geo system did not use any supplemental electric heat.

In the editorial Mr Scott pointed out that:

“The project has proven significant because the new system handled extreme cold conditions in 2015 while supporting New York state’s carbon reduction goals and reducing summer peak-electricity consumption.”

This article went out to the 50,000 ASHRAE engineering members worldwide. We are glad it highlights NYS leadership role in designing and building ultra efficient geothermal systems, to reduce carbon emissions, and we are glad we could exemplify in a case study how this could be achieved.


Project of the Year Green Development

With Buffalo Geothermal ultra efficient systems, Natale Builders receives 2014 NAHB ‘Project of the Year Award for Green Site Development’

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented its prestigious “Project of the Year Award for Green Site Development – Single-family Detached” to Natale Builders on February 5, 2014 for the company’s construction of the ultra-efficient, environmentally-friendly Rivera Greens subdivision. Located in Clarence, New York, the 35 sustainable green homes in the community were all built to meet certification requirements for the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

“It’s an honor to receive this NAHBGreen Award for the first green development created in New York State,” says Larry LaDuca, general manager of Natale Builders in Clarence, N.Y. “We constructed each home in the Rivera Greens development from the ground up with green building practices and products.”

“We’re very proud that 95 percent of the homes in this development use an alternative energy source such as geothermal or solar,” LaDuca said. “Every home at Rivera Greens consists of near-energy-neutral homes and exceed ENERGY STAR 3.0 qualifications.”

According to NAHB, The Green Project Awards category highlights those projects showcasing outstanding application of green technologies to a variety of project types. All projects are scored to the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard to establish the relative sustainability of each, and then judged on other merits such as green innovation and design.