Posted By Rich Miller On April 24, 2009 @ 8:30 am In Green Data Centers | 2 Comments
The newly completed Citi Data Center in Frankfurt has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest rating. The company says the 230,000 square foot Frankfurt facility is the first data center to achieve Platinum rating. One other facility, Advanced Data Centers  in Sacramento, has been pre-certified for LEED platinum status.
The Frankfurt project is the third Citigroup facility to gain LEED certification, following data centers in Texas and Singapore. The company’s Austin data center  gained LEED Gold status last year.
The facilities are among a small but growing number of LEED-certified data centers . The LEED standard was designed for commercial office buildings, but a coalition of data center industry groups has released a draft of an energy-efficiency standard  to expand the program with customized specs for data centers.
“Citi is committed to ensuring that sustainability lies at the heart of all our major projects and a major new data center was no different,” said John Killey, Head of Citi Realty Services EMEA. “For this project, a balanced approach was adopted that recognized Citi’s commitment to a sustainable approach for the building without compromise to its operation and reliability.”
“The energy-efficient design of the data center, coupled with extensive use of new, energy-efficient virtualized technology, housed in innovative modular cabinets, has optimized energy use and reduced the data cabling needs,” said Stephen Ellis, Head of Technology Infrastructure EMEA for Citi.
Notable energy efficiency features of the Frankfurt data center include:
The LEED score was compiled using version 2.2 of the LEED standard. See our list of LEED data centers  for more.
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URLs in this post:
 Advanced Data Centers: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/06/05/leed-platinum-rating-for-advanced-data-centers/
 Austin data center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/03/24/citigroup-1-premium-for-gold-leed-status/
 LEED-certified data centers: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/11/11/archives/2008/Apr/22/list_of_leed_data_centers.html
 energy-efficiency standard: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/02/03/leed-for-data-centers-draft-released/
 data centers’ water usage: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/09/data-centers-move-to-cut-water-waste/
 list of LEED data centers: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/08/07/list-of-leed-data-centers-updated/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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