Green IT took a giant step forward yesterday with the announcement that a San Francisco Bay Area company will develop the first LEED-certified data center. Company executives expect to meet the stringent requirements through a combination of energy efficient “Computer Room Air Handlers” and “Make Up Air Handler Units”, the latter using outside air on days when the temperature is cool enough, which the local utility company says is roughly 75% of the time. 365Main is the name of the company.
It is remarkable that a Colo (shared data center, co-located) , rather than a corporate data center, has taken on the challenge of building a LEED-certified data center first. From what I understand, the designation of LEEDS, whether for your building or your data center, is a coveted honor, but the cost savings are enormous over time. Why wouldn't a corporate data center want those cost savings at least as much as a Colo? Hmmm. The general consensus in conversations here seems to be that Data Center management are putting off improvements with known cost savings in favor of urgent, short-term projects that have greater appeal within the corporation. Have a green day!