GE announced its Platinum LEED data center.
Calculating the Future: GE Unveils Platinum LEED®-Certified Data Center – a Sustainable Investment Supporting Global Business Growth
- GE Appliances & Lighting unveils first LEED®-Platinum data center in Kentucky.
- GE’s data center is 34 percent better in terms of energy savings than a typical code-compliant building.1
- Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only 6 percent have achieved Platinum certification.2
- GE’s data center supports more than $1 billion in job-creating business investments.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- August 18, 2011– (NYSE:GE) - GE Appliances & Lighting today announced the opening of a revolutionary new data center at its Louisville, Ky., Appliance Park headquarters. GE approached the design, construction and operation of this facility with the intent of reducing data center energy consumption and lowering environmental impact, while providing tremendous computing power to support major product and infrastructure investments now and well into the future.
GE’s Adrian Shanklin shows off GE’s new high-density servers that provide more computing power per square foot than GE’s previous data center for greater efficiency.
Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only 6 percent have achieved Platinum certification, and GE’s new facility is the first LEED-Platinum data center in all of Kentucky.3 GE’s environmental achievement is made even more impressive considering data center emissions worldwide are growing faster than many other types of carbon emissions.4
Water and Renewable energy are part of the announcement.
- GE is reducing water consumption inside the building by 42 percent compared to the industry baseline7 by installing ultra low-flow fixtures. Outside the building, GE is reducing water consumption by 100 percent.8
- GE has offset 35 percent of the data center’s predicted annual energy consumption through the purchase of off-site renewable energy.9
7 Baseline established in Energy Policy Act of 1992.
8 No permanent irrigation system was installed, reducing water consumption by 100% for landscaping purposes. Data for LEED analyzed and independently verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
9 GE is matching 35 percent of the data center’s predicted annual energy consumption with renewable-energy certificates to help offset emissions. Green-e accredited Tradable Renewable Certificates (RECs) equal to 35 percent of predicted annual energy consumption over a two-year period.