UCI Headquarter Building
UCI II Office Complex
UCI Headquarter Building

The UCI Headquarters Building in Ramallah, Palestine is the second largest geothermal heating and cooling project in the Middle East and North Africa. This green building utilizes a vertical closed loop installed at 120 meters deep. Two commercial heat pumps distribute hot and chilled water to a fan coil distribution system. No energy goes wasted in this system: heat extracted from this building in cooling is rejected to the earth and the building’s hot water, increasing the geothermal system efficiency. In addition, a heat recovery fan coil is installed in the vent extract to gain energy from the conditioned ventilation system.

The geothermal system at the UCI Building has saved UCI roughly $30,000 in its first year of operation. The UCI Headquarters Building’s geothermal system was awarded the Energy Globe Award in 2009, the world award for sustainability, for its energy efficient design.

  System Features  

Cooling Load:             290kW

Heating Load:             230W

Borehole Depth:         120 m

Cooling COP:             4.0

Heating COP:             5.1