Fannie Mae Opens Green Data Center

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Fannie Mae’s new 247,000 square foot data center in suburban Maryland has become the first data center facility to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Here’s a summary of some of the steps Fannie Mae took to make the facility as energy efficient as possible:

The site is landscaped with native and drought-tolerant plants to conserve water. The irrigation design uses water from captured rain and evaporator cooling towers, saving an estimated 13,000 gallons of municipal water per day. To limit vehicular traffic to the Center, Fannie Mae provides a shuttle service from its Washington, DC, headquarters connecting employees to the UTC, along with bicycle storage areas and changing rooms, and priority carpool parking. Installation of a synthetic white rubber roof contributes to the reduction of the Heat Island Effect. Other sustainable strategies for the UTC include supplying 100% of the building’s electric power from a utility that uses a renewable resource for generating electricity.

The huge center will employ 250 workers. Holder Construction was the general contractor, while EYP Mission Critical Facilities was the MEP engineer on the job.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.