District cooling can replace distributed cooling systems, resulting in up to 50 percent lower energy and emissions impact. These cooling systems move chilled water to buildings without contributing to the urban heat island effect like mechanical cooling.
Evaluate district cooling and opportunities to build and incorporate it in civic infrastructure. Identify possibilities to incorporate district cooling when existing cooling systems need to be replaced or repaired.
Considerations for Use
There are many trade-offs associated with district cooling. Benefits include lower energy consumption, shifting cooling loads, increased reliability, and reduced capital costs in building development. District cooling requires high upfront capital costs to build the infrastructure and it must be implemented in high-density or new construction zones to be financially feasible.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Trigger Points:Evaluating or initiating major city infrastructure projectsIncludes projects such as city transit, street or utilities construction / re-construction etc.
Intervention Types:Buildings and Built Form
Sectors:Buildings, Public Works
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Intervention Scale:City, District
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Long-term (10+ Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Industry
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Save on utilities