What is District Energy?

District energy is an energy-efficient, environmentally sound method of heating and cooling buildings.

Hot water and/or chilled water, produced at a central plant located within the community, is pumped through an underground piping distribution network to individual buildings for heating, cooling, domestic hot water or process purposes.

District energy takes the place of in-house boilers and chillers and associated appurtenances.

Compared to in-house boiler and chiller systems, district energy is more fuel efficient, more environmentally sound, easier for the building owner to operate and maintain, more reliable, more comfortable and convenient, has lower life-cycle costs and offers better design flexibility.