Heating & cooling buildings through thermal energy: 4 key considerations 

Updated on February 12th, 2021

Buildings are being designed and sold with centralized heating and cooling facilities, delivering thermal energy from either from a DEU (District Energy Utility)  or CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant.  This allows building managers to reduce their operating expense because of lower energy costs. Important too, the environmental impacts from the heating and cooling of buildings are significantly reduced, helping responsible developers and communities reduce their carbon footprint. When a user pay system is adopted, benefits to both landlords and tenants result:  cost recovery for landlords; and information for tenants on their own consumption habits leading to more conserving behaviors.

Of course, in order for all levels of consumers to fully benefit from thermal energy, it must be measured to track consumption and costs. An examination of best practices and products from mature European markets concludes that metering  thermal energy is the most accurate method of measurement. This is the most important, for consumers in a user pay system must be confident in individual consumption and usage based billing. Learn more about the strengths and weaknesses  of the four main thermal energy measurement methodologies in our White Paper.

Building owners and managers need to understand the benefits and challenges of measuring thermal energy. It requires specialized equipment and expertise to accurately measure the energy consumed. A qualified and experienced submetering provider can follow industry best practices and deliver accurate, cost-effective thermal measurement for developers and end consumers.

 

What are the 4 key considerations of thermal energy measurement for building developers?

PROVEN EXPERTISE: Developers must look for proven expertise in thermal energy metering before making project decisions to mitigate the risk of inferior technologies and methodology. Use professionally trained submetering experts, with specific expertise in thermal metering who utilize best practices.

REGULATORY: Government, through Measurement Canada, will include Thermal Energy Metering as part of their mandate. Industry experts are aware of the incoming regulations and can advise on incoming standards.

ACCURACY: A customer-first approach that ensures consumer protection should be the impetus for submetering decisions. This, in turn, will protect the developer and utility infrastructure investment.

COST: It is important to ask for system pricing when analyzing metering options and to factor in project lifecycle costs, benefits and regulatory and/or financial risks.

Many developers in Canada have already taken steps to benefit from thermal submetering in their multi-residential or mixed-use buildings. QMC has proven expertise in the design and implementation of thermal submetering solutions that enable cost recovery and conservation efforts. From planning and design to implementation QMC can deliver a thermal submeter system specific for your project requirements. QMC’s thermal meter systems are used for key load management or residential heating/cooling applications. We provide stand-alone meters or complete metering systems; flow meters, temperature sensors, and thermal calculators, along with any necessary connection pieces.Once installed, your submeter system will deliver actionable insights for analysis and reporting. QMC is a leader in turn-key submetering solutions for Canada’s leading developers and property managers. Click here for  QMC’s  Thermal Energy Submetering Guide. We look forward to speaking with you about your project.