Update to District Heating System Part of $40M Project

September 22, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

UMass Dartmouth hired NORESCO for a $40 million infrastructure upgrade, which is being financed by the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). When complete, the upgrades are estimated to save the college $2.9 million annually, reports South Coast Today.

The energy contract includes the installation of building management controls, lighting and water upgrades, and a combined heat and power system, involving the replacement of an oil-fired burner with a 1.627 MW natural gas co-generation system for heat and electricity.

Currently, a $575,000 phase of the project is underway to replace the 30- to 45-year old steam pipes underground between some campus buildings, says South Coast Today. The pipes are part of the campus’ district heating and cooling system. In recent years the pipes have been leaking, and there have been problems with steam condensation. The new steel pipes will reduce energy use.

A similar project was completed at the east residence dorms this summer with a price tag of $750,000. And another similar project is planned for next summer for pipes connecting more campus buildings.

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