Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies

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How can we create a whole energy efficient system through district energy systems, combined heat and power, microgrids, and local energy supplies?

The district energy systems are composed of a network of pipes that utilize thermal energy systems, which then optimize efficiency by aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings as well as using surplus heat from power plants, industrial processes and local renewable sources that cut emissions, reduce energy consumption, and strengthen local economies. Details of these systems are tackled in this webinar. Participants will explore the important elements that help accelerate the industry growth with energy efficient infrastructure and resilient local economies in mind.

Presented in this webinar are technology overview, pending legislation, and policy drivers as well as relevant case studies. The changing energy landscape is currently having an effect on landscape architecture worldwide, and is slowly moving into design in the United States. The use of biomass, exhausted coal burning heat energy systems, and capture of wasted resources are now being used within projects for microgrids, water, heating and cooling (indoors or outside). The capture of currently lost resource allows greater design solutions by harnessing the infrastructure that already exists.
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Campus Planning & Design
Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Participants will understand what excess resouces are currently being wasted for energy use
2. Participants will comprehend the value of capturing existing wasted resouces and how they can be used locally within design (i.e. smart cities)
3. Participants will understand how these design techniques are currently being used overseas within landscape architecture and within the US within a small but growing scale
Robert Thornton, President & CEO, International District Energy Association
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