Because data centers are typically energy-intensive, most of the time they cannot claim to the title of, “Green”. But with an energy-efficient infrastructure in place, boasting specially designed mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems, some of the top data center operators have actually been successful in keeping their facilities’ carbon footprint at the minimum.
One of the top data center operators in the U.S., T5, is one of these companies. Its Los Angeles facility recently obtaining LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The company has as many as three “green” data center properties
in total. The achievement also showcases company's commitment to environment.
Three more T5 facilities are awaiting LEED certification, the company revealed.
T5's Atlanta and Dallas facilities are already LEED Silver certified, and T5 anticipates its Kings Mountain, Portland, and Colorado Springs projects will soon achieve this coveted status.
The 181,489 square feet T5@LA data center is located near Los Angeles International Airport and features all the advanced technologies and strategies in its construction and operation that make up a truly “green” data center.
The huge facility is made of sustainable materials and features tier III-plus MEP design (mechanical, engineering, plumbing). It boasts the latest energy-saving heating, cooling, and lighting systems. A roof-mounted Munters evaporative cooling systems ensures a lower PUE (power usage effectiveness), while its own dedicated onsite power station enables the facility to deliver 15.9 MW of critical IT load.
In short, T5@LA has a 40 percent greater data center energy efficiency than competing facilities in the region and has an optimal PUE.
With a fantastic location near the Los Angeles Metro Rail, T5@LA has already started attracting tenants, including a major transportation service operator.
“The lower our carbon footprint, the better it is for our tenants as well as the environment. T5 is committed to maintaining green data centers to save our customers operating expenses at the same time we are conserving natural resources. Our goal is to ultimately receive LEED certification for all of our data center facilities as proof of our environmental commitment as green corporate citizens,” LEED AP, vice president of development for T5 Data Centers Robbie Sovie noted in a statement.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi