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Advances in Green Building Design Promotes LEED Certification Growth

December 11, 2015

Energy Efficiency Solutions

When designing a data center, it is important to consider how to mitigate the significant amount of energy required to cool increasing equipment densities. Efficient cooling is not only an ecofriendly choice, but also a smart one in today’s competitive business marketplace.

Green Building Beneficial for Building Technologies

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED-certified buildings save money and resources, and have a positive effect on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

Over the years LEED has helped move forward building technologies, as well as integrated design and operating practices, which has led to a huge worldwide growth of the green building sector.

In response to this, Chatsworth Products (CPI) developed its Passive Cooling® Solutions, which provides equipment cooling performance in all elements of the data center mechanical plant, thereby reducing overall energy costs.

How CPI Can Help You Earn LEED Certification 

Data center facilities are especially nuanced in their design and energy requirements, which is why USGBC developed specific LEED standards for these highly energy-consuming facilities. They are so unique, in fact, that the rating scale to achieve LEED certification in data centers is very stringent.

LEED scoring is typically based on a percentage of fulfillment of specified requirements and it is direct CPI contribution that could make a difference in not missing out on vital LEED credits. 

CPI can contribute to achieving 12-20 credits in the areas of advanced energy metering, low-emitting materials, interior lighting and optimized energy performance.

LEED certification levels include:

  • Certified: 40-49 points earned 
  • Silver: 50-59 points earned 
  • Gold: 60-79 points earned 
  • Platinum: 80+ points earned 

In addition to the environmental benefits and recognition, the benefits of a LEED certification include:

  • Your data center is automatically recognized as environmentally friendly with proven low-cost operating structure  
  • Monetary paybacks that come with building a more energy-efficient facility 

Click to read more about CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions. Be sure to also check out our case studies on BendBroadband and Hostirian to learn how we helped these companies reach sustainable solutions in their data centers. 

By CJ Castillo, Technology Writer

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