LEED Certification is a challenge for any building, let alone a data center with high uptime. To date, roughly half a dozen data centers have achieved LEED certification, and all are in new buildings.
To achieve LEED Gold certification, a facility needs to earn at least 60 out of a possible 100 points in several design categories, including: sustainable site selection, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere conditions, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Energy use proves the greatest challenge: the energy used to light, heat, and cool a date center alone is tremendous. Nearly 8- percent of the points that companies need to earn for LEED certification are associated with the lighting, HVAC and electrical systems in a building.
Through careful site planning, analysis of the customer needs, and deployment of the more efficient technology available, energy optimization and savings can exceed expectations.