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2 Must-See Energy Workshops, 2018 International District Energy Association (IDEA) Conference

We are headed to Vancouver, Canada. Later this summer, we will be exhibiting the award-winning, game-changing Aeroseal duct sealing technology at IDEA 2018, the global conference for the International District Energy Association, June 11-14, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

It’s going to be an exciting time where world-class experts and industry professionals will be gathering for insightful workshops, business networking, and more.

Looking at the session line up for IDEA 2018, here are two workshops that every commercial contractor should see:


Monday, June 11, 8:00am – 4:15pm: This two-segment workshop will offer insights and experiences from real-world projects. It will present evolving codes and standards being developed by cities in Canada and across the globe.

  • Segment 1 – Governance Models, Technology & Financing: This segment will focus on real-world case studies and the proven strategies behind successful district energy projects. The importance of objectives setting and managing system outcomes and performance through governance and stakeholder management will be juxtaposed with a variety of technology solutions, business models, financing sources and project execution.
  • Segment 2 – Carbon-Based Building Codes and Standards: This segment will take a deeper dive and attempt to answer the questions: What are carbon-based codes and standards? Why have some cities adopted them? How do various codes treat different pathways to low-carbon outcomes? How have other jurisdictions grappled with some of these same issues? And what do these codes mean for existing buildings?


Monday, June 11, 8:00am – 4:15pm: As urban populations densify and expand, especially in warmer climates like Asia Pacific, the need for more efficient, sustainable and resilient energy services increases. Cities, communities and campuses are turning to district energy to support economic growth, enhance resiliency and avoid emissions.

Traditional electric utility models with large, remote central plants are giving way to more distributed generation, renewables and community-scale district energy/CHP/microgrids. Governments, agencies, private and public real estate developers and utility providers are seeking proven options to deliver reliable, affordable energy services, especially to dense urban centers.

This workshop will feature global industry experts sharing experience from real-world cases, enabling deeper discussion on complex issues, with special emphasis on business models and strategies for successful development and financing of district energy systems and microgrids.

The expected audience will include government officials, planning agencies, utility executives, non-regulated subsidiaries, financial and legal experts, planners, developers, real estate executives, city sustainability and resiliency officers, companies with interests in district cooling, district energy, infrastructure investments and international organizations advocating sustainable energy development.

For more information about IDEA 2018 or its sessions, visit the IDEA 2018 event page.

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