Green building guidance and assessment program The Green Building Initiative announced on Thursday that it released a case study report that details colocation provider Internap Network Services‘ Santa Clara data center, which received two Green Globes certifications last year.
First reported last year, this marks the first Green Globes certification of a public data center in the US as well as the first non-governmental building in California.
The certification follows an on-site detailed review process by a GBI Assessor. By making Green Globes energy suggestions and receiving 100 percent in the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy performance rating system, Internap achieved a 49 percent reduction in energy use for the data center.
Internap’s Santa Clara Data Center, which opened in November 2010, is a reused two story 71,954 square foot office and data center that offers large space for a data center and opportunities to incorporate green building standards.
The facility was built using a combination of reuse, minimum site disturbance, and energy conservation to create a new work environment that was productive and environmentally friendly, says the company.
Green Globes is a green building guidance and assessment program that helps commercial building owners advance environmental performance and sustainability through a stringent online assessment and comprehensive site visit and evaluation by an independent, third-party assessor.
To achieve Green Globes certification, Internap adhered to many standards including consuming fewer fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse emissions, conserving water, reducing other forms of pollution, and offering a better working environment for occupants.
Specific highlights that contributed to Internap’s Green Globes certification at its Santa Clara facility include using reclaimed water rather than potable water in the cooling towers, achieving high energy efficiency through the use of high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems and controls in the office area, supplementing the office area’s electrical load by purchasing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and the reuse of building material.
“With energy use spiraling in data centers, it has become more important than ever to drive efficiencies across all possible areas throughout the data center — from design and equipment to operations and processes,” said Randy Ortiz, director of data center design and engineering at Internap. “Working with the Green Building Initiative helped us to realize our goals of attaining the highest environmental efficiency standards at our Santa Clara data center and continues to set the bar for our new facilities going forward.”
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