Top Ten Tuesday: LEED Data Centers Part II

Here it goes, the remainder of my Top Ten Lead Data Center List. Though the first five were standouts in my mind, the remaining five definitely have some great features to offer. Don’t miss the video of construction on the Monsanto Facility listed at number 6.

5.     Citigroup Austin Data Center

Citigroup is spending a lot of money on their data centers, which is why we find them twice in the top 5. The Austin facility was built before the Frankfurt data center. This site cost a whopping $450 million, over $200 million on the 55 acre site. There are a multitude of energy efficiency features this site has. First are the alerts which show which mechanical or electrical systems are not performing at maximum efficiency. Also, the facility features pollution controls which remove 90% of nitrogen from the exhaust. The Austin center features native landscaping and irrigation systems that save water consumption up to 50%.

6.     Monsanto Data Center

Monsanto can best be described as an agricultural biotechnology corporation and as of spring 2008 Monsanto completed the third LEED certified data center in the country. The large amount of data collected and analyzed by scientists. This investment would allow the considerable speed needed to accurately process data into manageable amounts. Monsanto’s vast computing network makes the 40,000 square foot building a worthy investment. The facility cost $21 million and built on the campus of company headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo.

Check out this awesome video showing the construction of the Monsanto Data Center.

7.     Honda North American Data Center

Honda chose Longmont, Colorado as the site for their data center. The design they developed gained them a LEED Silver certification. The data center stands at 18,700 square feet. Honda decided to follow the trend of using outside air to reduce the use of chillers for half the year. The difference is the flat plate heat exchanger Honda uses to cool the center during those cooler months. Wind power is a new facet brought to the table. Energy is saved by an intelligent air conditioning system which can raise or lower the air pressure automatically. Small things matter too. Honda followed suit of other buildings by designing an efficient lighting distribution which can always lead to better energy efficiency.

8.     Advanced Data Centers Sacramento Data Center

The Advanced Data Center in Sacramento was unique because of the LEED Platinum PRE-certification it received. The data center has 50 megawatts of power capacity and will be able to support up to 200 watts per one square foot. The facility is built on a U.S. Air Force base and will use air-side economizers as well as utilizing grey water from the base for the chillers. If you are wondering about the danger of the next big California earthquake, don’t be. ADC made sure they were outside of the major earthquake zone.

9.     Highmark Data Center

This data center is not much different from other LEED certified data centers but what is impressive is the volume of information the data center processes a day. The 87,000 square foot facility in West Hanover, Pennsylvania was built on an 11 acre site and has 28,000 square feet of raised-floor technical space. What makes this building astonishing is because this site is the hub for Highmark’s insurance network which connects over 100 hospitals and 15,000 healthcare practitioners. If those figures did not impress you, think about the power it takes to run 500,000 claims per day while maintaining energy efficiency. I am not sure of the specifics but I can tell you that must draw a whole lot of power. This building was one of the first to be certified and cost almost $40 million more to build as an energy efficient building. Don’t worry, that money is made up in the long run.

10.     Fannie Mae Urbana Technology Data Center

The one that started it all. This 247,000 square foot plot of land hosts the first LEED certified data center in the United States. When the ribbon was cut in 2005 this building pioneered a new level of reachable sustainability. Some consider this the start of the green building in mainstream life. Norms in the data center now were innovative and ground breaking in 2005. Simple things as reducing lighting by 50% helped to reduce energy consumption. Even the interior of the building was built with energy efficiency in mind. The carpet and paint are made low volatile organic compounds and countertops are constructed using recycled wood. The community was kept in mind as well. The irrigation design captures rain water and saves an estimated 13,000 gallons in the municipal supply. 


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