EMC Senior Project Manager Earns IGSHPA Accreditation

Nationally recognized certification is required on more and more projects

Environmental Mechanical Contractors’ Senior Project Manager Marcus Howell has successfully completed NATE training and testing requirements and has earned his certification as an IGSHPA Accredited and NATE Certified geothermal heat pump loop installer.

The IGSHPA accreditation is the recognized national standard for proper geothermal system design, assembly and installation of heat pump systems, with associated plumbing, electrical, controls and duct work. 

The IGSHPA is a non-profit, member-driven organization established in 1987 to advance ground source heat pump technology on local, state, national and international levels. Headquartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University, IGSHPA utilizes state-of-the-art facilities for conducting GSHP system installation training and geothermal research. 

While the IGSHPA credential is voluntary, more and more project specifications require an IGSHPA certified installer. 

Obtaining IGSHPA accreditation involves successfully completing an intense training program and a stringent NATE exam covering design and material options, system layout, pipe joining techniques, trenching/drilling processes, air and debris purging and thermal conductivity. 

NATE (North American Technical Excellence), the certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVAC/R industry, administers the test for the IGSHPA, assuring strict guidelines, consistency and tight administration in the exam process.

This new accreditation is yet another guarantee of EMC’s high level of training, knowledge and experience in HVAC systems, operation and performance. 

Marcus Howell has over 14 years experience in the construction industry and as a Senior Project Manager is focused on cost estimating, project management and design build applications. 

He is currently overseeing a $7.7M mechanical renovation project at Building 120 Fort Leavenworth.  One of the primary objectives of the renovation is the addition of a new, hybrid geo-exchange system featuring 240 thermal wells.  The hybrid system, combining geothermal with more traditional heating and cooling devices, will decrease energy use in the facility by 30%. EMC’s scope includes the geothermal well field, mechanical piping and HVAC ductwork. 

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