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GE Achieve Platinum LEED Certified Data Centre

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by Joshua S Hill last modified Aug 22, 2011

Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only 6 percent have ever achieved Platinum certification. Considering that GE’s new LEED-Platinum building is a data centre in Kentucky only exemplifies how impressive this latest award is.




 

 

Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only 6 percent have ever achieved Platinum certification. Considering that GE’s new LEED-Platinum building is a data centre in Kentucky only exemplifies how impressive this latest award is.

GE Appliances & Lighting’s data center houses 128 cabinets of highdensity, high-efficiency servers, providing the computing power necessary to run a global business.

The $48 million project was designed from the get-go to be a leaner impact on the environment, while still providing the massive computing power needed for such a major company as GE Appliances & Lighting.

“GE is joining an elite group of LEED-Platinum data centres around the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“Given the amount of energy data centres consume, achieving LEED Platinum will help GE reduce its environmental footprint, while moving the industry forward in its effort to reduce the global environmental impact of IT operations.”

GE’s design and implementation of a LEED-Platinum certified data centre is especially impressive considering a recent McKinsey & Company study which estimates that carbon dioxide emissions from data centres will only quadruple in the coming years, exceeding emissions from the airlines industry by 2020.

“We’ve come a long way since we installed a UNIVAC system here nearly 60 years ago,” said James Campbell, president and CEO of GE Appliances and Lighting during the live-streamed news conference.

“Here” was an existing factory in Kentucky that GE converted, maintaining 98.3 percent of the walls, floors and roof. GE also received LEED credit for sourcing 50.7 percent of construction materials regionally; building with 30.2 percent recycled materials; and diverting 85.4 percent of on-site generated construction waste from the landfill (ie, recycling).

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The data centre will be serving 27,000 employees in a hundred countries who currently work for GE’s Appliances & Lighting branch, and it will provide more than four times the capacity of the data centre that it is replacing, which will allow it to handle the growth of the company for some 25 years.

In the end, the new data centre is 34 percent better in terms of energy savings than a typical code-compliant building.

Providing the computing power needed to run a large company like GE Appliances & Lighting requires a lot of servers and a lot of cooling. But GE have installed high-density servers so that more computing power is confined to a smaller space, meaning that there is an overall smaller amount of space to cool than the data centre it is replacing.

“It’s hard for data centers to achieve LEED certification,” said Anita Baldock, GE’s data center project lead, in a video about the facility. “If you’re making a facility to house thousands of computers, obviously you’re going to have a huge power draw.”

“As GE invests in the business and creates more manufacturing jobs in the U.S., our new high-efficiency data center will help us manage energy costs so we can compete in a global marketplace,” said Alan Kocsi, chief information officer, GE Appliances & Lighting.

“GE’s new data center will also provide the high-density computing necessary to support global business growth and significant manufacturing-revitalization efforts that will provide customers with innovative technologies, high-quality products, and better customer service.”

Source: GE



 

 

 
 
 

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