After 2 years of development, last week the US EPA released a long-awaited standard for data center energy efficiency. This is an important step for energy efficiency, because data centers use about 1.5% of all electrical energy in the US. This new standard enables data centers to seek certification, but perhaps just as important as the whole building standard – it also clears the way for typical commercial buildings to qualify for the Energy Star even though they have more than 10% data center floor space in their building floor plan. New construction that is all or part data center also can be designed to earn the Energy Star.
Energy Star certification can significantly increase the value of your commercial real estate, whether it is a data center or a speculative office building. This is well documented in survey reports from CoStar and CB Richard Ellis in 2008 and 2009. You can find those reports online, or call us if you want to talk about Energy Star for your building.
Submittal of the Energy Star application still requires the certification of licensed, Professional Engineer (PE). Microgrid Principal, Marc Lopata, is a PE in 4 states from Florida to Nevada, and he has certified commercial Energy Star buildings across the country. Marc also has almost a decade of experience in data centers as large as 150,000 square feet, including LEED-certified data centers.
We excel at working in mission-critical facilities, particularly when it involves efficiency and renewable energy; so give us a call to talk about your data center. 314.657.0955