There has been much coverage of GE’s unveiling in the US of a new pioneering “green” data centre, built on the original site where the world’s first commercial computer was deployed in 1954.
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The new data centre, developed by GE’s IT department is based at GE Appliances & Lighting in Louisville, Kentucky.
The data centre is one of the world’s first to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, a rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for projects that go above and beyond standard building codes to create sustainable, energy-efficient buildings.
To get the Platinum rating, GE ensured the data centre hit a few targets:
- 98.3% of the walls, floors, and roof were existing space that didn’t require new construction
- The data centre is 34% more energy-efficient than a comparable code-compliant building
- It reduces by 50% the amount of space used by the previous data centre by using high-density servers
- Water consumption inside the building is being reduced by 42% of the industry baseline by using ultra low-flow fixtures
- 50.7% of construction materials were sourced regionally
- 30.2% of the building materials were recyclable materials
- 85.4% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill (mostly through recycling)