EcoDistrict Services

Neighborhoods reimagined for a cleaner, zero-carbon future.

Connected, Smart and Resilient

EcoDistricts create a new shared-energy paradigm that eradicates unnecessary waste and accelerates zero-carbon opportunities to forever change how we interact with the built environment. It reimagines neighborhood design to forever change how our buildings share clean energy solutions.

Engineering and design

Energy modeling

Master utility planning

Central utility plants

Heating plants (including steam) and chilled water plants

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems

Zero-carbon and zero-energy services

Solar photovoltaics (PV)

Solar+storage

Renewables+storage

Thermal energy

Microgrids and resiliency solutions

Electrification and decarbonization

Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure

Distributed energy generation and renewables

Demand-response

Building-to-grid integration

Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GIEBs)

Financing

Solar photovoltaics (PV)

Battery energy storage systems (BESS)

Stratified thermal storage tanks

Waste heat recovery systems

Ground source thermal energy

Demand response platforms

Virtual power plants

Fuel cells

Microgrids

Transactive energy platforms

Electric vehicles

Electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE)

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Combined heat and power (CHP)/cogeneration

Tri-generation

Biogas

Dedicated heat recovery chillers

Phase-change thermal storage

Geothermal

Closed-loop ground source

Open-loop ground source

Wind power

Hydropower

Energy infrastructure and renewable energy development

Central utility plants

Microgrids

Campus shared energy

Neighborhood shared energy

Existing building construction

New building construction

Shared-energy EcoDistricts

Commercial office

State and local government

Healthcare

Life sciences

Data centers

Higher education

K-12 school districts

For the Life of Your Building®

A Shared Energy Ecosystem

In an EcoDistrict, buildings are more than standalone islands. Each is a part of a greater, shared ecosystem of energy nodes. These nodes allow for an interactive system that optimizes energy use and allows the built environment to respond to grid requirements.

Planning the Future of Energy

Our EcoDistrict approach combines five core elements that transform large, complex infrastructure projects into investments in a resilient future.

  • Optimizing building energy use through sharing energy/district energy models
  • Developing renewable assets to deliver a path to carbon neutrality
  • Exploring relationships between the utility and owner that may deliver innovative solutions through partnership
  • Establishing a digital backbone to empower energy assets and partner relationships to deliver an optimized energy solution
  • Build ownership in this new world of district energy by engaging building occupants
Unifying the Energy Value Chain

EcoDistricts unify the entire energy value chain. Sharing energy across buildings eradicates waste and opens new opportunities for zero-energy and zero-carbon aspirations. A unified energy value chain is especially important as distributed energy resource adoption rises. As solar PV and other distributed energy resources connect to the grid, utilities need visibility to forecast, manage and optimize grid operations. Adding smart building controls, Internet of things (IoT) sensors and digital backbones pull local utilities beyond the meter. EcoDistricts are a sustainable solution with benefits for building owners and tenants, for utilities and for our environment.

Zero-Carbon Commitments

Zero-carbon commitments take a holistic approach spanning 100% clean energy (generated on-site or purchased off-site), high-efficiency energy targets, electrification and electric vehicle chargers. EcoDistricts enable zero-carbon aspirations with clear, actionable plans.

Utility and Building Owner Partnerships

Utilities and building owners partner early in the EcoDistrict design process. Structured partnerships allow seamless communication between the building and the grid, decreasing energy consumption and adding renewable energy generation depending on the needs of the grid. Conversely, utilities can better forecast energy requirements to better serve communities.

Spark Innovation

Jennifer Eckert, Director of Preconstruction

Director of Preconstruction Jennifer Eckert joined McKinstry in 2018 as a sales engineer on the New Construction team…