Data center takes top LEED honor

The Portland, Ore., facility of Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, has achieved LEED platinum certification.

, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Infomart Portland is the first data center in Oregon and among a select few in the nation to become LEED platinum-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, according to a release.

LEED is considered the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

"Achieving the highest LEED distinction reinforces Infomart's leadership in building and operating sustainable data centers, including one of the most efficient facilities in the world in Infomart Portland," said John Sheputis, president of Infomart Data Centers. "Every facility we have built since 2008 has been LEED gold-certified. Achieving LEED platinum certification in Oregon demonstrates our increasing commitment to sustainability and making responsible choices about energy procurement – even when the cost is more than the higher-carbon alternative.”

LinkedIn is the principal tenant for the latest phase of construction that received LEED platinum certification. LinkedIn staff worked with Infomart and the company's contractors, including DPR ConstructionMcKinstryRosendin Electric and Jackson Main as the project architect, to deliver the award-winning project. 

Infomart Portland achieved LEED platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses direct access rights to source power from the leading producer of hydro-electric power in the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration. As a direct access purchaser of power, Infomart chooses the energy mix and suppliers for the data center, achieving a 96 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to the national utility average and providing customers with low-carbon power at rates below the local utility tariffs.

Infomart Portland is one of the most efficient data centers in the United States, boasting a 99 percent efficient uninterrupted power supply (UPS), a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 percent aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 percent of the year. Infomart Portland was also the first data center environment in which the user and landlord collaborated to achieve Uptime Institute's Efficient IT Certification, which certifies sustainable leadership in IT operation, evidencing better control of how resources are both consumed and allocated.


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Data Centers - Mission Critical Information Centers, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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