WHAT IS DISTRICT ENERGY SPACE?
District Energy Space is a publication that reports the incremental annual growth of new customer building space served by district energy systems. District Energy Space provides the data to demonstrate market confidence in district energy.
The publication of District Energy Space has become an annual tradition for the International District Energy Association since 1990.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COMPILE?
Each year, IDEA asks all of its member systems to provide the number of buildings and their area in square feet that have been committed or recommitted to district energy service during the previous calendar year.
We report the number of buildings, gross square foot area and thermal energy services provided (heating, cooling, domestic hot water, laundry, ice-making, pool warming, etc.) that have been committed or recommitted to district energy service during the year of the edition. We also ask for overall information about your energy system, including Type of District Energy/CHP system(s); Ownership Structure, Site Overview and Total Building Area Served, System Capacity, and Annual Production.
We urge all IDEA member systems to submit their growth data, including campuses, bases, airports and urban systems. Every square foot of added building space counts!
♦ NORTH AMERICA SYSTEMS
We ask North America Systems to:
1. Identify buildings that committed or recommitted to district energy service during the previous calendar year, including Building name and type; Building area in square feet (where available); Services provided (heating, domestic hot water, laundry, cooling, ice-making, pool warming, etc.); and Special factors (LEED rating, unique architectural feature, etc.)
2. Provide general operational information about your energy system, including Type of District Energy/CHP system(s); Ownership Structure, Total Building Area Served, System Capacity, and Annual Production.
♦ BEYOND NORTH AMERICA (Middle East) SYSTEMS
For the 2016 compilation we will provide additional opportunities to recognize systems in the Middle East for their growth of service to specific building types, as well as for overall growth in square feet.
Please include all residential villas, flats or apartments as 1 Complex. Example: "Wolf Run" may contain 200 villas, flats or apartments, but is entered as ONE BUILDING COMPLEX named "Wolf Run".
Continuing our tradition, during the IDEA 108th annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 2-29, 2017, IDEA will congratulate and present awards to those systems submitting the greatest amount of total square footage and the greatest number of total buildings for 2016 for both North America and Beyond North America. We look forward to seeing you there!
To enter your newly committed, recommitted or connected customers for 2016, please download and complete the Excel template as described in the Step-by-Step Procedure below.
"Renewal" or "Recommitted" in the context of District Energy Space means that the end use space served by the district energy system (the square foot area being counted) was under a service agreement that was near to conclusion or termination and the space was "recommitted" to district energy service for another extended period of time.
This is analogous to lease renewal as the end user had the option at the conclusion of the contract period to disconnect and discontinue service but "chose" to stay on district energy and renew or recommit for another definitive (5 or 10 year period).
However, if the action were to "replace" the named end-user on the contract (for example, Sheraton takes over operation of a Hilton Hotel served by district energy) but the length of the service contract was not extended, it would not be considered "recommitted".
The operative condition would be that the end user actively decided to stay on the system and recommit for another defined period with an extension of service length being the critical consideration.
However, in terms of comprehensive industry statistics, if any of these buildings were not previously reported to District Energy Space, we would like to include the data as "previously unreported".
Please use the appropriate form exactly as provided and fill in all appropriate cells to facilitate our compilation of the data. Submit the final document (list all buildings within one document) to Len Phillips at email@example.com. Be sure to send as many building photographs as possible. Thank you.
Our members reported that they committed or recommitted 158 customer buildings in North America totaling 33,678,616 square feet (sq ft) of building space to district energy service during 2015, or were previously unreported. That compares with 169 buildings and 44,746,126 sq ft during 2014.
The North America total of 33,678,616 sq ft added in 2015 to IDEA's running total of square footage of 660,174,454 sq ft committed to North American district energy systems since 1990, brings the current total for North America reported since 1990 to 693,853,070 sq ft.
BEYOND NORTH AMERICA
IDEA is also pleased to be able to report strong system growth from beyond North America, which we have tracked since 2004. An additional 121 buildings and 42,856,027 sq ft were reported for 2015. That compares with 2,651 buildings and 75,459,748 sq ft during 2014.
The Beyond North America total of 42,856,027 sq ft added in 2015 to IDEA's running total of square footage of 1,218,325,278 Beyond North America since 2004, brings the Beyond North America total reported since 2004 to 1,261,181,305 sq ft.
Totals: North America and Beyond North America
The total building area reported added during 2015 in North America and Beyond North America is 76,534,644 sq ft. The total building area added, as reported to District Energy Space since our tally began is 76,534,644 + 1,878,499,732 = 1,955,034,376 sq feet.
For the past several years, IDEA has recognized systems with the largest annual growth in square footage and number of buildings added to their fleet of customers. Here are links to the winners for recent years:
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