A Green Building is one where environmentally responsible and resource efficient structures and processes have been put in place throughout its lifecycle, creating a good quality of life for residents whilst ensuring sustainable practices are accessible, whether this is recycling services on site, sensors for communal lighting, or paperless tenancy applications and correspondence.
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For many in the data center sector, one of the most pressing concerns is that much of the world’s data center infrastructure operates in a manner that is financially suboptimal and environmentally unsustainable. If a data center is only using a fraction of the available power, then the capital investment that is tied up in inflexible power infrastructure is impotent. The question is, who is paying for that stranded capacity and unused space?
A study published in the journal Science last week, notes that while global data-center energy consumption has risen over the past decade, a predicted explosion in power consumption by data centers has not manifested thanks to advances in power efficiency and, ironically enough, the move to the cloud. Data centers accounted for about 205 terawatt-hours of electricity usage in 2018, roughly 1% of all electricity consumption worldwide. This represents a 6% increase in total power consumption since 2010, while global data center compute instances rose by 550% over that same time period.
Smart buildings are touted as providing more efficient buildings in terms of resource utilization, renewable resources, and energy efficiency, and as delivering improved indoor air quality (IAQ), productivity, and connectivity with the digital world. They hold out the promise of seamlessly weaving people, technology, and business into an enhanced and optimized ecosystem. Facilities managers must understand the real-world practicalities of implementing smart building technologies and systems.
Facebook’s new solar project will see its Newton County data center hub powered by 100% renewable energy. Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has signed a contract with Silicon Ranch on behalf of Facebook for a new solar project as part of its agreement to supply the renewable energy that will be used to power Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia.
The green data center market is forecast to grow from $43.24 billion USD in 2018 to $147.88 billion in 2024. Sustainability has become as central to data centers as, well, data. Uptime may be king, but the energy cost of that uptime is a factor the crown cannot afford to ignore.
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