In the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the 100-year-old district heating and district cooling systems need to be renewed. It is an extensive project where FVB is responsible for how the renewal will be implemented in practice.
Ottawa is located in the southeast corner of Canada. The weather is characterised by really cold winters and hot summers. This means that in winter there is a great need for heat and in summer there is a great need for cooling. This led to the construction of district heating and district cooling systems a hundred years ago to give the government buildings in the city a pleasant indoor climate.
“Now the systems need to be renewed. They also need to change from steam systems to hot water systems and to future-proof the production for low carbon emissions, so it is a very comprehensive project,” says Jim Manson, who is leading the project for contractor FVB.
According to the Government of Canada the current system significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and is 25% less efficient than current industry standards.