District Cooling

Reliable, Cost-Beneficial Alternative to Traditional Air Conditioning

District cooling may be right for you if:

  • Your building is within a few blocks of a plant's piping network
  • You are considering an HVAC retrofit
  • You want to reduce up-front capital equipment costs with new or existing construction
  • You want to reduce ongoing equipment and maintenance costs
  • You want to reduce the requirement and cost of electrical service
  • You want to increase your real estate revenue by repurposing your roof and/or mechanical room space

What Is District Cooling?

District cooling provides customers their HVAC requirements through a network of underground pipes. It serves multiple buildings within a particular service area.

A district cooling plant distributes chilled water (approximately 44 to 45 degrees) to the customer's building through a set of heat exchangers located in the customer's mechanical room. A single plant can meet the cooling needs of several buildings.

District Cooling schematic shows cool water flows between the cooling plants and the buildings they serve

Benefits of District Cooling

Operationally Reliable

  • System redundancies mitigate risk
  • Amount of equipment you maintain decreases

Cost Effective

  • Substantially reduced initial capital investment
  • Lower operational and energy expenses
  • Stabilized and predictable long-term costs
  • Lower electric service equipment costs


  • Use as much or as little cooling water as you need
  • No need to worry about limited plant capacity

Enhances Your Property Value

  • Increased effective revenue-generating space — no need for chillers
  • Reduced noise and potential for environmental hazards
  • Improved comfort
  • Increased net operating income for building
  • Rooftop repurpose to pool, garden area or solar panels

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Contact Us

Find out how your business can benefit from district cooling and potential future sites.

Email District Energy & Cooling today to request more information or to schedule a professional consultation.

Date last reviewed or modified: 04/17/2020