District Energy Systems are networks of hot and cold water pipes, typically buried underground, that are used to efficiently heat and cool buildings using less energy than if the individual buildings were to each have their own boilers and chillers.
District Energy Systems have several benefits:
-The elimination of the conventional or traditional (boilers, furnaces, heat pumps, domestic hot water heaters, electric baseboards, or any other heat production equipment) HVAC system requirement expands the number of possible building design options.
-District energy systems have none of the costs normally associated with in-building heating systems, including boilers, multiple storage tanks, and other associated equipment as well as related insurance, maintenance, upgrade, and replacement costs.
– Centralized production of thermal energy enables highly efficient delivery of heating and cooling to each building.
-The use of alternative fuel sources reduces exposure to fluctuating gas and electricity prices.
– Radiant sources provide a more comfortable, effective heat than can be provided by electric baseboard heaters. The system can also provide cooling.
– The system’s use of alternative energy sources and greater efficiency produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than what is produced by fossil fuel-based systems.