Updated BICSI Data Center Standard Prescribes Design and Implementation Best Practices

June 5, 2024
Revised in May 2024, the ANSI/BICSI 002-2024 standard is 575 pages in length and addresses topics ranging from design methodology to energy efficiency and site selection.
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In May, BICSI published the updated version of its data center design standard, ANSI/BICSI 002-2024 Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices. The standard features 17 chapters and 12 appendices, and is 575 pages in length. BICSI is making a free preview of the standard available.

“The 2024 version was reviewed by industry professionals from all major disciplines and verified that the breadth of content is applicable to traditional, hyperscale, and edge concepts including modular, containerized, enclosure-based solutions,” BICSI said when announcing the availability of the updated standard. “In addition to expanding specific edge content, the concepts of immersion (liquid cooling) are expanded and join previously included material on how to support such systems.”

The ANSI/BICSI 002 standard serves as the reference material for BICSI’s Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credential.

Among topics covered in significant detail within the ANSI/BICSI 002-2024 standard are the following.

  • Design methodology (facilities, cabling, network services and applications; data center service outsourcing; colocation planning)
  • Site selection and space planning (edge, modular, and container data centers; site services and hazards; traditional and open concepts)
  • Building structural and architectural requirements
  • Electrical systems (Utility to information technology equipment power systems; standby and backup power; direct-current power)
  • Mechanical systems (Heat rejection and cooling systems; ventilation and airflow management; immersion/liquid cooling)
  • Security and fire (Architectural, electronic and operational security; fire safety for chimneys and aisle enclosures)
  • Facility and building systems (DCIM; IP-enabled and intelligent systems)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure (Cabling media and connectivity; hot and cold aisles; cabinet airflow and cabling capacity)
  • Network infrastructure
  • Data center commissioning and maintenance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Multi-site data center architecture

BICSI offers the standard as a printed document, digital document, and as a print/digital combo, at different price points for BICSI members and non-members. The print or digital version is available to members for $420 and to non-members for $525. The print/digital combo is available for $476 to members and $595 to non-members.

More information on the standard, as well as the opportunity to obtain a free preview, can be found on this page of BICSI’s website.

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