Using District-Scale Heating to Accelerate Building Decarbonization & Resilience

District Energy has proven to be a resilient energy source able to lower carbon emissions in major cities and worthy of expansion. In this session, you’ll learn about strategies to govern district energy systems in the Boston region; how district steam, hot water, and chilled water solutions are rolling out on a national scale; how a major city uses waste water to meet thermal energy needs; and how geothermal heating and cooling can be expanded to supply district heating in a suburban application. With these models to guide and inspire, we can expand district energy solutions in cities and suburbs for immediate reductions in carbon emissions without major changes in building infrastructure.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Room / Location:
Marina IV

Experience Level: 

2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

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AICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize work that is being done in governance locally in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville
  • Describe district energy in a large scale system that supplies a resilient decarbonized energy solution
  • Describe work being done to transform heating and cooling utilizing waste heat from waste water and geothermal systems
  • Discuss how District Energy can be rolled out in both cities and suburbs immediately without major changes in building infrastructure

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