Hot Water District Energy System Design, University

Doherty Engineering Inc. (“DEI”) conducted a preliminary study on a University campus’ heating systems, which are supplied by a central heating plant steam distribution network. The study involved completing a condition assessment of the existing building heating systems, modelling current heating loads based on metering steam and condensate data, developing a conceptual design for heating the buildings, estimating energy savings and reductions in greenhouse has emissions (GHGs), life cycle costing analysis and completing a preliminary cost estimate for implementation of the project. Work culminated in the preparation of a report summarizing the results of the study, including conceptual drawings for a new central heating plant.

The preliminary study led to the detailed engineering design for this new central heating plant. Engineering work included the design of hot water distribution piping, as well as retrofit work in existing buildings to facilitate the conversion from steam to hot water heating, including hydronic heating systems and domestic hot water. DEI prepared all design, development and construction documents, assisting the University in the management of the tender process and completing contract administration services throughout construction.


Services Provided: Feasibility Study, Engineering Design

Specialities: District Energy

Building Type: Institutional

Location: Kingston, ON, Canada