Plan 4DE Webinar III: Planning and District Energy with GGLO 1st February

In this webinar, GGLO share a perspective from planning and tell the story of developing visualisations for Plan4DE, including the lessons learnt, their observations and take you through the method and results in a fairly transparent way.

You can watch the webinar again here if you missed it and enjoy the discussion afterwards. If you have any queries about the project, please do get in touch(Please note there was an issue with recording so the introduction is missing). 

“Wonderful, and insightful, presentation.  Thanks to the presenters!  A wonderful, energy-focused tool to add to a traditional community planner’s toolbox.”

GGLO designs distinct places where communities of people connect and thrive. We seek to bring the essence of community alive in each of our projects – believing that the fundamental desire to interact and feel a part of something can be evoked through design. This perspective runs deep through our integrated practice, including planning and urban design, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and research. Integrating our skills and services allows a deep exploration for how design can have the most positive impact in any context.

Founded in Seattle in 1986, we are results-driven, multidisciplinary experts approaching all scales of our work with flexibility and inquisitiveness. Over decades of practice GGLO has established a reputation in revitalizing communities, building-by-building and block-by-block.

Plan4DE Webinar I: SSG’s district energy model: ‘Relationship between built environment and district energy’

A key variable in determining the feasibility and cost effectiveness of district energy is heating density – the amount of heating energy demand required over a specific area.  Energy density is dependent upon a number of factors including climate, urban structure, building morphology, building use, building systems and occupant behaviour. Planners, when assessing future built environments, face a complex trade-off in that they need to contribute to and plan for decreased energy density at the building scale, while increasing energy density at the neighbourhood or district scale to increase the feasibility of district energy. This webinar will explore some of these factors and their influence on energy density, and highlight strategies for improved planning and urban form to increase the feasibility of district energy.

Here is the recording too for those who missed the session, or need to recap on all the information she shared with us!


Mel de Jager, SSG Associate P.Eng, MPlan, PMP, LEED BD+C

Mel is a sustainability planner, civil engineer, urban designer, researcher and energy analyst. She focuses on planning and implementation strategies for sustainable and low carbon urban infrastructure (water, waste, energy, transportation, green infrastructure). Mel has particular interests in community infrastructure resilience, adaptability and economics. Her projects have been diverse, ranging from watershed management plans and municipal green infrastructure design, to urban growth strategies, community energy plans and GHG modeling.
Mel is currently working with an international team in the development of Plan4DE, an open-source planning tool to improve understanding of the relationship between district energy and the built environment from a planner’s perspective, and conduct pre-feasibility scans for potential district energy at the city-scale.