Emerson Climate Technologies has high hopes for its new 35,000-square-foot corporate data center in St. Louis, including LEED certification.
new facility features, plumbing, lighting, building power and fire protection
systems that meet Emerson’s business needs and incorporates Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design principles for sustainability and building
The facility is being evaluated by the U.S.
Green Building Council against its LEED-gold certification standards, which
will make it one of only a handful of gold-certified data centers in the
country, according to Emerson.
The expected LEED
certification is a result of the facility’s design and efficient technology
infrastructure, making the data center 31 percent more energy efficient than
traditional data centers.
“Our entire organization is
committed to helping our clients meet their sustainability goals through more
energy efficient means,” said Alan Abramson, president of Clive Samuels and
Associates, which designed the facility’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure
with a host of environmentally sustainable attributes. “We are truly excited to
have contributed a design that helps Emerson achieve new levels of energy
efficiency and environmental sustainability.”
To enhance the
efficiency of the HVAC systems, a computational fluid dynamics model was run to
simulate space loads within the data center, and air devices were located to
ensure optimal system performance. The data center’s lighting-control system,
which accounts for both artificial lighting inside the facility and daylight
available outside the facility, dims the data center’s artificial lights when
sufficient natural light is available, reducing the facility’s electricity
Emerson data center seeks LEED-gold award
October 1, 2009