February 9, 2010 | bfeldman | Awards, Data Centers, Sustainability

Emerson Data Center receives LEED Gold certification

We were notified that the Emerson Data Center has achieved LEED Gold Certification!

View of Data Center from Emerson Drive roundabout
View of Data Center from Emerson Drive roundabout

The LEED process has taken a bit longer than anticipated.  We had appealed some rulings from the construction review We had earned Gold previously but appealed to gain a point for innovation (use of “Energy Logic”).  We had a lot of help with this point from the engineers at Emerson Network Power.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Sonner and his team for help with this innovation credit.

Quoting Emerson Chairman, CEO & President David Farr – “The LEED Gold certification – a rare distinction for a data center – is a significant validation of Emerson’s to energy effiiciency and environmental responsibility”.

There are a couple of credits we are particularly proud of, especially an innovation credit we earned for maximizing piping efficiency while gaining more green space/impervious surfaces.  The credit was written around moving the condensers from surface yard space to the rooftop, directly above the CRAC’s.   The LEED review team wrote

“A baseline vs. design case was successfully documented in drawing and calculations, demonstrating a 75% reduction in piping. Combined with the concept of a mechanical corridor, the project team demonstrated improved efficiency, productivity, and saved green space.

This reviewer would like to congratulate the project team on a thoughtful and well documented Innovation in Design approach.”

This project’s LEED certification came about through a lot of hard work from a dedicated team, including Emerson, Emerson Network Power, CSA, Musick Construction, KPFF, Berutti, Rock Hill Mechanical and Guarantee Electric.  Congratulations to everyone!

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