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District Energy Systems

Producing and distributing reliable, efficient, sustainable energy.

Burns is a national leader in the assessment, planning, design and modernization of district energy systems. Our team extends the life of aging infrastructure, expands capacity, bolsters resiliency, reduces energy use, and supports the transition to net-zero carbon operations.

Planning & Consulting

  • Owner Engineer and Procurement Support
  • Capacity Assessments
  • Energy and Financial Modeling
  • Equipment Assessments and Selection
  • Chilled Water Optimization
  • Microgrid Planning and Feasibility Studies
  • Electrification Studies and Transition Planning
  • Load Evaluation and Management
  • Deal Structuring Support and Analysis
  • Utility Incentives and Capacity Payments Analysis
  • Regulatory Guidance
  • Operation and Maintenance Best Practices

District Heating & Cooling

  • Central Boilers
  • Chiller Plants
  • Low, Medium and High-Temperature Hot Water
  • Chilled Water Distribution Systems
  • Steam Distribution Systems
  • Thermal Storage
  • Geothermal


  • Renewable Energy
  • Battery Energy Storage Systems
  • Combined Heat and Power (Cogeneration) Plants
  • Turbines, Reciprocating Engines and Fuel Cells
  • Interconnection Agreements and Design
  • Utility Service and Coordination

Specializing in critical campus infrastructure, Burns has expertise in these areas to:  

Inspire with extensive experience in state-of-the-art energy plants, thermal distribution systems, and microgrids.

Create master plans, multi-disciplinary designs, and construction-related services for power, thermal energy, and chilled water systems.

Deliver more efficient, resilient and sustainable systems for the heating, cooling and electrification of critical campus operations. 

Meet Our Team

Bryan Mehaffey

Vice President, Southeast Region

David Smith

Director of Energy Services

Michael Walton, PE

Vice President, Facilities & Infrastructure – Philadelphia Region