HSBC London Site Achieves BREEAM Rating

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As is often the case with technology, the green data center realm has plenty of acronyms. PURE, DCiE and LEED (from the USGBC) have become familiar terms. Now there’s another one: BREEAM. That’s the environmental certification program in the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Building Research Establishment.

Digital Realty Trust (DLR) said Thursday that data center it is building near London for HSBC (HBC) has earned the first BREEAM “Excellent” rating, the highest available rating through BREEAM certification. This certification is the first in the UK data centre industry, and recognizes the energy-efficient design and construction of the new 107,000 square foot facility for HSBC, the global banking and financial services institution.

The HSBC site was acquired by Digital Realty Trust in April 2007 to support HSBC’s global computing infrastructure. Digital Realty partnered with CHt Data Solutions of the Laing O’Rourke Group to construct the facility.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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.

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