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MAkiNg dATA CENTErS LEEd COMPLiANT AUTHOR Anita kirtley, Manager, brand & strategic initiatives COMPANY ge lighting chAllenge: From emails to business networks to electronic archives, technology is at the center of today’s business communications. As business cloud and general computing continue to expand, the sprawling data centers, servers and IT equipment that support them are multiplying on the ground. They take up space, use a lot of energy and, by 2020, will emit more carbon dioxide than the airline industry. When GE – Appliances & Lighting needed a new data center to support its operations, it sought a sustainable solution that saved energy and aligned with the company’s sustainability philosophy. best PrActice: Rather than building a new data center from scratch, an existing building was revitalized for the new data center. In fact, 98.3 percent of the walls, floors and roof of unutilized factory space were maintained, saving the waste and expense that would have been associated with creating an entirely new space. Understanding the sheer number of servers and the energy they typically consume, an energy-efficient solution was sought on this front as well. Exceeding industry standards for computing power, the data center houses servers that are designed to operate at 18 to 24 kilowatts (kW) per cabinet, compared to the industry average of 4 to 7 kW per cabinet. This translates to energy savings of 34 percent compared to a typical, code-compliant building. A combination of high-efficiency cooling systems and high-density servers further reduces the data center’s footprint, lowering the amount of energy needed to cool the space. And, ultra-low-flow water fixtures ensure that water consumption inside the building is 42 percent less than the industry baseline. Also, implementing these lean manufacturing processes to improve operational efficiencies has helped drive down the cost. Valuable partnerships were relied upon to help implement this innovative data center. Cutting-edge data center technologies from several internal partner organizations were leveraged, including an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units with eBoost™ technology. eBoost technology enables data centers to achieve up to 99 percent UPS efficiency, without sacrificing reliability. Another partner provided Entellysis™ low-voltage switchgear and powerquality systems. results: Platinum LEED Certification. With this new data center, it joins an elite handful of data centers that have received Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only six percent have achieved Platinum certification, and this new facility is the first LEED-Platinum data center in all of Kentucky. This environmental achievement is made even more impressive considering data center emissions worldwide are growing faster than many other types of carbon emissions. In fact, a McKinsey & Company study estimates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from data centers will quadruple to exceed emissions from the airline industry by 2020, due to the rapid growth in global demand for computing power. 50 | 2012 Best Practices

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PRSM 2012 Best Practices

Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Exterior Rebranding
Exterior Rebranding
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Applying Bipolar Ionization to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Save Energy
Determining Responsibility for Ceiling Leaks
HVAC Maintenance and Repairs Quote Review
Managing HVAC Energy Usage Without Installing an Energy Management System
Solving HVAC Issues on Landlord Operated Systems
Creating a Standardized Cleaning Chemical Program
Floor Replacement Planning and Execution
Improving Pest Control Monitoring to Maintain Store Cleanliness
Streamlining Store Cleaning Through Internal Benchmarking
LED Conversion Bolsters Ambiance, Bottom Line and Environment.
LED Gas Canopy Lighting Upgrade
Lighting Maintenance
Retrofitting Signage with LED Technology
Performing Basic Troubleshooting to Save Money
Implementing Repair Audits to Ensure Customer Safety
Improving Quality, Cost and Schedule Through Safety Education
Managing Extended Power Outages Through Emergency Response
Managing Risk Through Slip Resistance Testing
Creating Energy Teams to Pursue Opportunities
Formulating Green Solutions
Making Data Centers LEED Compliant
Outfitting Facilities with an Eye on ENERGY STAR Certification
Recycling Cooling Water From Air Conditioning Systems for Toilet and Landscaping Use
Sustainability-How the Facilities Team Can Contribute
Driving Down Waste Expense
Reducing Trash and Recycling Expense for Retail Locations
Transferring Compactor Maintenance to a Service Vendor
Waste Service Efficiency and Compliance
Waste Evaluation and Right Sizing to Reduce Cost
Asset and Service Warranty Tracking and Management: More Fully Realizing the Value of Budget Expenditures
Conducting an Organized Meeting
Proactive Maintenance Scheduling and Delivery
Repair Reductions by Participating in Design and Construction Table
Streamlining the Store Closing Process
Achieving Process Improvement Through Onsite Assessment of KPIs
Forecasting a Maintenance and Repair Budget
How to Calculate Return on Investment
Tracking Finances for Facilities
Centralizing Vendor Training and Management
Creating a Service Vendor Call Center to Save End Users’ Money
Answering a Call Status Challenge with an IVR Solution
Communicating Product Recalls Using a CMMS-Inspired Module
Doing More with Less and Saving Money in the Process
Ensuring the Accuracy of Web-Based Maintenance Requests
Establishing an End to End Procure-to-Pay Process
Leveraging Existing Technologies to Provide Updated Process Improvements
Quality Management of Bundled Periodic Services
Reduced Dashboard Time at Supply Houses
Parking Lot Management
Creating Best-In-Class Snow and Ice Management White Paper
Energy Savings/HVAC Air Filter Bypass
Managing a Retail Lighting Retrofit Project – Bright Ways to Improve Your Lighting and Your Bottom Line!
Managing Energy Usage with Interval Meter Calibration
Navigating the Department of Energy’s Higher Efficiency Regulations
Supplier Insights into Competitive Sourcing White Paper
Testing HVAC System Options to Reduce Costs and Labor
Understanding Retail Facilities Sourcing White Paper
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

PRSM 2012 Best Practices