District Energy Space

Showcasing Industry Growth

District Energy Space is IDEA's annual compilation of the number of buildings and their area in square feet that have been committed or recommitted to district energy service by IDEA member systems during the previous calendar year. In conjunction with the annual publication, IDEA acknowledges District Energy Systems contributing the highest growth in North America and Beyond North America with annual District Energy Space awards. 


District Energy Space 2016

North America

Our members reported that they committed or recommitted 350 customer buildings in North America totaling 57,810,954 square feet (sq ft) of building space to district energy service during 2016, or were previously unreported. That compares with 158 buildings and 33,678,616 sq ft during 2015.

The North America total of 57,810,954 sq ft added in 2016 to IDEA’s running total of reported square footage of 693,853,070 sq ft committed to North American district energy systems since 1990, brings the current total for North America reported since 1990 to 751,664,024 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 425 buildings and 105,331,989 sq ft were reported for 2016. That compares with 121 buildings and 42,856,027 sq ft during 2015.

The Beyond North America total of 105,331,989 sq ft added in 2016 to IDEA’s running total of square footage to 1,366,513,294 sq ft total reported since 2004.

Totals: North America and Beyond North America

The total combined building area reported added during 2016 in North America and Beyond North America is 163,142,942 sq ft. The total building area added, as reported to District Energy Space by our members since our tally began is 163,142,942 + 1,955,034,376 = 2,118,177,318 sq ft

Growth Through the Years



Submit Your System Growth


The deadline for submittal of information for growth achieved during calendar year 2017 is Friday, April 20, 2018.

Submission Instructions
North America Submission Form
Beyond NA Submission Form

Award Recipients

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Len Phillips

Director of Business Development

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