Data Center Getting Highest LEED Honor

Vantage Data Centers, a wholesaler, developer and operator of data centers, has announced its Santa Clara, California building, V3, has been awarded with the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) certification. Data centers are known for their high rates of energy consumption. With this new energy efficient building, Vantage says it hopes to set a new standard in the industry.

Most data centers have Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings of 2.0 or higher. Vantage’s V3 building measures in at 1.29. For the 6 megawatt (MW) data center, that means a savings of about $3 million per year in operating expenses.

Via Vantage Data Centers

Along with the V3 building, Vantage is also working on two additional LEED projects called V1 and V2. Upon successful certification of all the buildings, Vantage’s site would become the largest LEED Platinum data center campus in the United States. The site has more than 300,000 square feet of space supported by a 50 megawatt substation.

V3’s certification came about due to a number of features including water-saving strategies, energy-saving design measures and the use of low-toxic materials. Vantage was also able to divert 91 percent of the construction waste and use more than 40 percent of post-consumer waste for the project.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.