Ikea today announced plans to incorporate geothermal technology into the heating and cooling system of its future Kansas-City area store currently under construction in Merriam, KS. Related drilling and underground work should be complete by winter, with the system – the largest such project in KS or MO – ultimately operational when Ikea Merriam opens in fall 2014 as the second U.S. Ikea store tapping geothermal, according to reports.
“Using geothermal in our Kansas City-area store reflects our commitment to sustainable building practices whenever feasible,” said Mike Ward, Ikea U.S. president. “Fortunately, this location provides an opportunity to maximize Ikea Merriam’s renewable energy potential.”
The system involves a series of underground boreholes and pipes that form a network of loops for circulating heat-transferring liquid and forced-air pumps to both heat and cool the store.
The project is consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020 and will be one of approximately 50 Ikea locations already using geothermal systems. Ikea has contracted Colorado-based Major Geothermal for the development, design and installation of the Merriam store’s customized project.