April 25, 2010
Fannie Mae (yes, the U.S. housing Fannie Mae) says its five-year-old, 247,000-sf data centre—which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified—has realized a total of $1.7 million in energy savings—a 35% cost reduction.
Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in June 2005, the
LEED designation recognizes a number of energy-saving innovations; with
an irrigation design that uses wastewater from the cooling plant and
captured rainwater—coupled with landscaping that features
drought-tolerant plants—the facility preserves nearly 13,000 gallons of
municipal water per day. During construction, the facility also used
materials that were manufactured in the region, and recycled 80% of the
“Fannie Mae’s technology centre is an excellent case study of how
building projects of varying scopes and scales can achieve energy
efficiency,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair,
USGBC. “[Its] early adoption of LEED not only demonstrates their
environmental stewardship, but can attest to the simple premise that by
consuming less, companies inherently save more, and will do so
throughout the life cycle of the building.”
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