Allstate Insurance Company announced that its new data center in Rochelle, Illinois has been awarded LEED gold certification as an energy efficient building. The 50,000 square foot facility was completed last summer and was part of a larger strategy to reduce the number of Allstate data centers to two by the end of 2010 as well as increase power efficiency and computing capacity.
Items lending to the LEED Gold certification included new hardware and virtualization software, a white roof to reflect rather than absorb heat, concrete made from recycled materials and en environmental system that blends heat from computers, outside air and mechanical equipment to keep office areas comfortable and equipment rooms cool.
The LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is a voluntary rating system for energy efficient buildings overseen by the US Green Building Council. The number of LEED-certified data centers has grown steadily over the past year, but only a small number of facilities have qualified for the upper-tier Gold and Platinum certifications.
DCK has identified just seven LEED Platinum data centers, while Allstate joins a group of 10 facilities that have earned LEED Gold status.