Grainger announces first LEED data center in the world!
Data centers run nonstop, which means these facilities can consume up to 200 times more electricity than typical office spaces. The vast majority of this energy is used to cool the facility because IT equipment housed in a data center can cause temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Grainger data center features an advanced cooling system, meaning that the energy used for cooling the facility is controlled by strictly managing the air flow, using outside air to cool the facility. Grainger expects the new data center to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than similar data centers.
“One of the most important components of the project was to realize significant energy savings by maintaining a low Power Usage Effectiveness, which measures the energy used beyond the IT load. Our goal is always to build the most sustainable facility possible,” said Gail Edgar, vice president of Grainger Real Estate and Facilities Services.