Heating (and cooling) systems that use the ground as a source or sink for energy have been commonplace in northern Europe and North America for decades. With sustainable development and reduction of carbon emissions high on the agenda of the UK Government and the planning authorities (Department of Trade and Industry 2007; Department for Communities and Local Government 2007) their popularity is rapidly rising in the UK. Following incentives introduced as a result of the Energy Act 2008, and the UK Government's Renewable Energy Strategy (Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 2008), the rate...

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