IBM announced a data center, which opened in February, in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, has been awarded the company’s first LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, reports Datacenter Dynamics. IBM senior state executive released the following in a statement:
We are very proud to have IBM’s first LEED Gold certified data center located right here in North Carolina. Through local sourcing, recycling and tremendous innovation we’ve been able to achieve a significant milestone for the company and further solidify IBM’s commitment to Research Triangle Park. Data centers have always been a critical part of IBM’s global delivery network and this facility, our CLOUD data center, has furthered IBM’s ability to deliver innovation and value to customers around the world.
The facility,which employs the company’s Enterprise Modular Data Center design method, was built within an existing building allowing IBM to reuse 95 percent of the original structure’s shell and recyle 90 percent of the materials left over from construction. IBM estimates this will save it more than $1 million in the facility’s first year of operation.
The company also maintains that its rainwater-collection system will gather 3.5 million gallons of non-potable water a year to be used at the data center. The data center also features a reflective roof to abate indoor temperatures and uses free cooling half of the year. IBM’s LEED Gold-certified data center also employs a smart sensor network to monitor and adjust temperature and humidity within the facility for an estimated energy cost savings of 15 percent, says GreenBiz.com.