Get LEED points with district energy in Boston and Cambridge



Veolia’s district energy system in Boston and Cambridge can help developers and building owners achieve significant points under the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) green building program.
Veolia’s Boston-Cambridge district energy system meets all the pre-requisites in LEED® for Building Design and Construction: New Construction and Major Renovations and we’ve developed a model and “Points Calculator” to verify the LEED credits a building project can potentially earn.  Although there are several variables that determine the credits that can be earned by connecting to Veolia’s “Green Steam” system, CHP adds up for LEED credits.
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  • 8 or 9 points is meaningful. By tying into Veolia’s system a customer can earn 8 or 9 more efficiency points for its project than using on-site boilers.
  • For every 1MMBtu of steam required, the building receives credit for 553kWh of free electricity as a result of cogenerated steam.
  • Veolia’s “Green Steam” requires lower upfront capital.  In addition, the LEED points gained by using district energy means less capital investment that may have been required to gain LEED points.
  • Steam cooling can earn even more points.  If a building owner wants to use steam to generate cooling through adsorption technology, then it is possible to achieve all 19 available energy efficiency points. 
How does your project add up?  Contact us at to learn more about how your development project adds up with our “Points Calculator.”  Learn more about achieving LEED points with district energy in Boston and Cambridge by reading the article, “Connecting to District Energy: A no-brainer,” written by IDEA/USGBC Liaison Tim Griffin.

LEED®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™, is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council®.


Just by connecting to Veolia’s system a customer in Cambridge or Boston is half way to the maximum number of energy efficiency points its project can earn.  When compared to on-site boilers that means 8 or 9 more efficiency points. 

Tim Griffin, PE, LEED AP, principal and branch manager at RMF Engineering and IDEA USGBC Liaison