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Why District Energy

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District energy is an energy-efficient, environmentally sound method of heating and cooling buildings. District energy systems produce steam, hot water and/or chilled water at a central plant. The steam or water is then piped underground to individual buildings within a specific area for heating, cooling or industrial use.

This technology offers many benefits:

Reliable. Staffed 24 hours a day by district energy professionals, and with backup systems readily available, systems operate at well over 99 percent reliability. More …

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Lower life-cycle costs. With district energy, buildings no longer need their own boilers and chillers. That means less capital investment, less risk and lower ongoing operating, maintenance and labor costs. Fuel costs are often lower too, thanks to volume purchasing. More …

Environmentally sound. District energy systems employ stringent emission controls that help improve air quality. With no need to store fuels, chemicals or refrigerants on site, buildings on district energy systems are environmentally safer. More …

Energy-efficient. Steam, hot water and chilled water arrive at customer buildings ready to use and 100 percent efficient ‘at the door,’ compared with considerably lower efficiencies of in-building energy systems. More …

Easy to operate and maintain. Without on-site boilers and chillers, building managers and staff have far less energy-related maintenance, monitoring and repairs to worry about. They can focus instead on their tenants. More …

Comfortable and convenient. District energy ensures that building occupants can be kept comfortable year-round. Systems offering both heating and cooling can supply either at any time. More …

Flexible. Without the need to accommodate smokestacks, boilers or cooling towers, architects have more flexibility in designing or renovating buildings served by district energy systems. More …