Building on its recent Tier III certification and overall green credentials, the BendBroadband Vault announces it has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, an internationally recognized green building certification, from the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC). The Vault, designed in partnership with Logicalis, is one of the few colocation and disaster recovery facilities in the nation to achieve this certification.
"The Bend Broadband Vault project has raised the bar in energy efficiency and green building strategies for all data centers of the future," said Jill Sornson Kurtz, LEED® Consultant, reBuild Consulting. “LEED® was originally developed for corporate structures, primarily office buildings, so for a data center such as the Vault to undergo the same process and scrutiny – and to pass with flying colors – is no small feat.”
LEED® is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at lessening the impact on the environment. USGBC certification criteria is based on a point system involving scores for sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovative design, and more. Certification levels range from certified to platinum – with gold being the second highest ranking.
“It is our commitment to the principles of sustainability that have driven the Vault project from the start. From inception to construction, every vendor and partner on the project was working toward the common goal of environmental efficiencies at every opportunity,” said Leonard Weitman, VP Technical Operations, BendBroadband Vault. “Mindful of every aspect we could incorporate to make the Vault facility sustainable was the key mission, to attain LEED® certification is an honor for the company.”
The Vault partnered with Logicalis, a U.K.-based provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions that specializes in sustainable technologies for deployment in data center facilities, on everything from design to engineering and development as well as cloud based compute infrastructure solutions.
Key energy savings achieved by the 30,000 square foot carbon neutral Vault data center recognized by LEED® include:
- Power Use Efficiency (PUE) ratio of less than 1.2 (most data centers run at a ratio of 2.0+), an 80% reduction in power needed for non-computing functions to operate the data center
- 35% reduction in cooling
- 62% reduction in interior fan power
- 3% of power from 624-panel solar array
- 9% savings for interior lighting loads
- 40% reduction in water usage
- 100% xeriscaping
The holistic, high-density, high-efficiency design of the facility treats the computer technology inside the Vault with the same level of respect that the data center treats the environment.