By Nick Gilbert
Internap Network Services, an intelligent IT Infrastructure service provider, has declared that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED Gold certification to its Dallas data center in Texas.
The facility is an advanced commercial data center that provides cloud, dedicated and managed hosting services, and optimized IP network supported by a Service Level Agreement. It has a floor space of 55,000 sq.ft. In February 2012, the building had achieved the Green Globe certification from Green Building Initiative.
Internap has undertaken a number of initiatives that have contributed to its LEED Gold certification. In order to improve the indoor air quality in the facility it has utilized low-emitting materials in the facility construction. Further, it employs green pest control and housekeeping services. It has installed occupancy sensors and separate lighting controls that have allowed it to achieve a 27% power reduction below the recognized American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard. Over 90% of the computers, printers, monitors and appliances at the facility are Energy Star compliant.
The new building utilized recycled materials for the renovation which amounted to around 20% of all the new materials used for the building. Internap avoided sending nearly 85% of the total construction waste to landfills. The company reduced its potable water usage to a value 40% lower than that recognized by the ASHRAE standard.
Internap reduced urban sprawl by renovating an existing facility. Further, as the facility is located in a developed area it has access to public transport which enables its employees to utilize public transport, thereby reducing pollution and dependence on fossil fuels.