Commercial data center operators are at a disadvantage when it comes to site selection. Being near their customer base is critical. That can reduce the opportunities to use environmentally-friendly cooling and power-generation options.

So when a commercial site such as Internap’s newest data center in Secaucus, New Jersey obtains a US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, it certainly means something.

Saving money and resources
The LEED award says the Secaucus data center is saving money and resources, having a positive impact on the health of occupants, and promoting renewable, clean energy. To determine that, USGBC employs a rating system consisting of several credit categories. “Within each of the credit categories, there are specific prerequisites that projects must satisfy, and a variety of credits that projects can pursue to earn points,” says the LEED site. “The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification.”

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