March 4, 2010 | bfeldman | Awards, Data Centers, Sustainability

Beyond Green

Emerson Global Data Center


Energy-Efficient Facility Also Wins Beyond Green Award

Emerson’s state-of-the-art, energy-efficient Global Data Center has earned two high-profile industry recognitions for environmental responsibility: LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and Beyond Green, High-Performance Building Award from Sustainable Building Industry Council.

This Primary Data Center, is located on the company’s St. Louis headquarters campus, supports Emerson’s worldwide manufacturing and engineering operations.  The Data Center is 31% more energy efficient than traditional data centers not employing Emerson’s proprietary “Energy Logic” of bringing 240v to the racks along with a number of other cost saving design features including Missouri’s largest solar array – a 7,800 SF rooftop array of more than 550 solar panels.

“The LEED Gold certification – a rare designation for a data center – is a significant validation of Emerson’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility,” said Emerson Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President David N. Farr.  “Additionally, the Beyond Green honor recognizes Emerson’s and Fox Architects innovative approach to managing one of the most vexing problems facing data center managers – energy consumption.”

The USGBC and GBCI with the LEED rating system is the pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings.  Emerson earned 40 out of a possible 51 points to receive LEED Gold certification.

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is bestowing the Beyond Green Award on the Emerson Global Data Center in the “Innovation Solution for a Niche Market Application” category. This award recognizes initiatives that shape, inform, and catalyze the high-performance buildings, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices.

Stephen C. Hassell, former Emerson vice president and chief information officer who now heads the data center infrastructure management business within Emerson Network Power, was featured as a speaker at the Beyond Green Award luncheon in Washington D.C., on February 25.  Hosted by U.S. Representative Judy Biggert of Illinois and U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan of Missouri, co-chairs of High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus, the event served as an education briefing for lawmakers on high-performance buildings.

“It is an honor for Emerson to be recognized with a Beyond Green Award alongside some of the nation’s most innovative structures, including a national landmark like the Empire State Building.” Hassell said.

“We are proud of the integrated approach we took with Fox Architects and Musick Construction to design and build a more environmentally responsible and energy-efficient data center for our global operations.”

Emerson invested $50 million in the Emerson Global Data Center and IT equipment and was able to achieve maximum energy efficiency by implementing the latest efficient technologies, precision cooling products, and recommended efficiency strategies from its Emerson Network Power business.

Additionally, construction of the data center was completed with environmental responsibility in mind.  More than 80% of the construction waste generated was diverted from landfills through recycling, and innovative design features enabled Emerson to save more than 2.5 miles of copper piping and 75% of process piping, minimizing the use of excessive materials and improving the data centers reliability and maintainability.

St. Louis – based Fox Architects partnered with Emerson on the design of the data center and managed the company’s application for LEED Gold designation. Additional information on Fox Architects is available at

Bob Dunn LEED BD+C

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