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.
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)