District Energy System Services

Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) is a recognized leader in district energy system (DES) analysis, design and construction, as well as community renewable energy resource mapping.  KWL has a strong team of engineering professionals and technologists that provides an effective blend of strategic planning and technical analysis through technology neutral approaches.

KWL provides civil and mechanical engineering expertise in high-temperature and low-temperature DES and in district heating and cooling.  The benefits of DES include harnessing previously wasted energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.  It also creates sustainable district energy systems and money saving opportunities for communities, while providing space heating, domestic water heating, and cooling. DES offers investment opportunities to public and private owners as well as the flexibility to adapt to available heat sources and benefit from emerging technologies.

The KWL team provides district energy system services in the following fields:

Strategy and Planning

  • Identification of potential heating/cooling sources and end users
  • Assessment of renewable energy sources
  • District energy concepts and relative costs
  • Triple bottom line analysis
  • District energy models
  • Geographic information system (GIS) database to store and map energy resource information
  • Mechanical systems and civil infrastructure
  • Community Energy & Emission Plans compliant with BC Hydro or other funder requirements.

Business Case Development

  • Financial modelling
  • Customer base
  • Ownership structure
  • Regulation of district energy utility
  • Licensing of heat recovery projects
  • Integration of a reclaimed water strategy

Preliminary and Detailed Design

  • Energy load and supply profiles
  • Mechanical systems
  • Distribution pipe material
  • Back-up energy sources
  • Control system
  • In-house survey and building information modelling (BIM)
  • Hydraulic analysis
  • Piping and instrumentation drawing (P&ID) and process flow diagram (PFD)
  • Functional
  • Stress Analysis

Construction and Commissioning

  • Construction support/project management
  • Tender management
  • Field reviews
  • Record drawings
  • Pipe flushing and cleaning
  • System bypass inspections
  • Energy System Control logic
  • O&M and management advice
  • Ongoing performance monitoring