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QTS, a data center based in Virginia has just announced the achievement of a Leed Gold Certification for its Richmond Data Center.
QTS, a data center based in Virginia has just announced the achievement of a Leed Gold Certification for its Richmond Data Center. Furthermore, the Richmond data center has proven to be one of the most secure data center campuses in the US. So what is a LEED Gold certification and why is so important?
LEED Certification Standards
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the overall efficiency of commercial or privately owned buildings.
As many of you know, data centers consume a lot of energy, therefore any areas that can be improved upon for the sake of efficiency merit official recognition from an internationally accredited green building program such as LEED.
Voluntary participation in LEED certification audits demonstrate your organization’s commitment to innovation, environmental initiates as well as social responsibility to the community where your building is located. In order for a data center to become LEED certified, organizations must score a minimum of 40 points on a 110 point scale.LEED certifications are determined by the following points system: Certified = 40-49 points, Silver = 50-59 points, Gold = 60-79 points and Platinum = 80 points and higher.
The Fact that QTS scored a Gold certification is quite impressive seeing which the building was not originally intended to be a data center facility. In fact, If your are looking for an east coast data center to house your dedicated servers, consider one located around the Virginia Beach Area.
U.S Approves Grant for Wind Turbines
Perhaps another reason to consider a Virginia Beach Data Center; the U.S. government has just approved a grant to build wind turbines off the coast of Virginia. Data Centers may take advantages of Wind Power, which is a great renewable resource that looks good on LEED certification audit.
Virginia’s commitment to renewable energy will influence companies like QTS to take advantage green technologies as they become readily available to data centers on the east coast. Enterprise level companies as well as clients based on the federal side of things are becoming increasingly interested in housing their servers in energy efficient environments. Congratulations to QTS to living up to Gold Standards.