National data center owner and operator T5 Data Centers announced that the company's T5@LA facility has been granted LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the third T5 data center to be granted LEED certification for maintaining environmentally responsible data centers.
According to a press release, the T5@LA facility was fully commissioned in August 2012 and is a tier III-plus MEP design (mechanical, engineering, plumbing) purpose-built data center located in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport. The building boasts 181,489 square feet under one roof and uses Munters evaporative cooling systems mounted on the roof for a lower PUE (power usage effectiveness). The data center also has its own dedicated onsite power station and is capable of delivering 15.9 MW of critical IT load.
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To qualify for LEED Silver certification, the T5@LA facility was built using sustainable materials and is equipped with the latest energy-saving heating, cooling, and lighting systems. The data center has a 40% greater energy efficiency than competing data centers in the region and has an optimal PUE, asserts T5. The building also is located adjacent to the Los Angeles Metro Rail and can be easily reached via mass transit. T5@LA has already started attracting tenants, including a major transportation service operator.
"The lower our carbon footprint, the better it is for our tenants as well as the environment," comments Robbie Sovie, LEED AP, Vice President, Development for T5 Data Centers. "T5 is committed to maintaining green data centers to save our customers operating expenses at the same time we are conserving natural resources. Our goal is to ultimately receive LEED certification for all of our data center facilities as proof of our environmental commitment as green corporate citizens."
T5's Data Center's T5@Atlanta and T5@Dallas facilities are also LEED Silver certified, and T5 anticipates its T5@Kings Mountain, T5@Portland, and T5@Colorado Springs projects will be LEED certified in the near future. For more information, visit www.t5datacenters.com.