Well the hard work of our volunteer industry group has come to fruition. The US Green Building Council now has opened up a public comment period on the rating systems that contain credit language specific to data centers. These all-new credits are the basis of a great rating system, for new or existing data centers. Following the USGBC’s new “bookshelf” approach, there won’t be a stand-alone data center rating system, rather a collection of credits are available for use in projects of specific types (such as data centers, healthcare, retail, etc.).
The energy and water credits developed address the specifics that only exist in data centers, such as the integration of facilities and IT, and the enormous amounts of water used by a cooling tower in a data center, respectively.
Here is some additional information on the new LEED standards which incorporate specific credits for data centers:
This public comment period will be open beginning November 8, 2010 and ending January 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
The rating systems have been re-named:
- LEED New Construction (NC) is now LEED Building Design and Construction (BD&C)
- LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) is now LEED Interior Design and Construction (ID&C)
- LEED Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB: O&M) has not changed
The BD&C, ID&C, and EB: O&M rating system drafts that are up for review are:
- BD&C = NC, CS, Schools, NC Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouse & Distribution Centers
- ID&C = CI, CI Retail, CI Hospitality
- EB: O&M = EB: O&M, EB: O&M Schools, EB: O&M Retail, EB: O&M Data Centers, EB: O&M Hospitality
From the USGBC website: “After the comment period closes, comments are incorporated into the draft, an outline of the changes are posted, and a second public comment period is held, during which the public can comment on any changes made since the first comment period. The final draft is delivered to USGBC members for balloting.
Respondents are encouraged to submit comments on individual credits and include recommendations for resolving any identified concerns. Recommendations could include ways to improve the practicality of the criteria for a specific credit, or ways to clarify the language of a specific requirement.”
Here is the USGBC’s site with the documents: