Meet building performance standards with district energy

Decarbonizing our district energy operations supports our customers in meeting sustainability goals and building performance standards.
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Local and state building standards

States and cities around the U.S. are enacting building performance standards for existing and new buildings. As trusted partners, Vicinity is helping our customers meet building standards in the cities and states they operate in.

Public-private partnership

At Vicinity, we believe that public-private partnership is critical to reaching a carbon-free future as quickly as possible, which is why we work closely with our local, city, and state governments.

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Federal Building Performance Standard

The Biden Administration announced the first-ever Federal Building Performance Standard (BPS), which aims to cut energy use and recognizes district energy as a solution for Federally-owned buildings to meet their targets by 2030.

How Vicinity can help

Electrifying our operations

Our carbon-free eSteam™ product will help our customers meet local and federal building performance standards

We’re prioritizing affordability

District energy is a more affordable alternative to installing onsite electric equipment

Our team is ready to help

We can can provide monthly and yearly energy usage data to help your buildings report consumption

How does eSteam™ meet building standards?

Vicinity is utilizing a combination of heat pumps, electric boilers, and thermal storage technologies to create carbon-free eSteam™ at our facilities across the country.


Vicinity will procure electricity from renewable, carbon-free energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro.


We will import the power to our facilities through a co-located electric substation.


Depending on the location, the energy will be used to produce eSteam. Thermal storage will store eSteam for use during peak demand.


The carbon-free thermal energy will be delivered to customers through robust underground infrastructure.

Vicinity’s electrification plan

This white paper highlights how electrifying district energy can help urban centers rapidly and affordably achieve city and state carbon reduction goals.

Need more information?

Our team is equipped to help your organization decarbonize its heating and cooling, meet emissions standards, and green your operations.