Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

The Houston Skybox One Data Center has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a release.

The 96,129-square-foot purpose-built facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to receive the prestigious designation, officials said.

“Achieving LEED gold status is very rare for data centers, but it was mission critical for us,” said Rob Morris, managing partner of Skybox Datacenters. “It lets people know that we are a leader in this market and that our focus is razor sharp on innovation, sustainability and reliability.”

Highlights of the building’s green features include:

  • Multiple solar arrays supplying power to the facility.
  • Electricity options available to clients that provide 100 percent renewable energy.
  • An industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the Houston climate.
  • Evaporcool system, further improving mechanical efficiency.
  • Three times the rainwater detention required by code.
  • Columnless data halls and overhead power options improving air flow efficiency throughout the mission critical space.
  • High power density containment options.

“Market transformation happens one building at a time,” said Gretchen Sweeney, vice president of LEED implementation at the USGBC. “Skybox Datacenters understands the value of LEED and has exemplified extraordinary leadership in reshaping their sector. The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability.”

Skybox Houston One’s 20-acre campus is in the fast-growing Energy Corridor of Houston. The current facility provides four private data halls and 54 MW of power. It is designed to cater to enterprise users in the region who require 100 percent uptime, high-performance and ultra-low latency computing needs.

The facility was built with a six-inch thick concrete roof deck that can sustain hurricane-force winds stronger than 190 MPH and generators with 7,000-gallon belly tanks providing clients with 96 hours of run time.


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Automation and Controls, Certifications, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Data Centers - Mission Critical Information Centers, Energy Saving Products, Exteriors, Office Buildings, Roofing, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC, Ventilation

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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