MARCH 2012

Internap data center LEED Certified

Internap Network Services Corporation, a provider of IT Infrastructure services, revealed that its Santa Clara data center has been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is one of the primary rating systems for the design, construction and operation of energy-efficient buildings.

In addition to receiving LEED certification, Internap’s Santa Clara data center became the first commercial data center in the U.S. to achieve the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globe® certification in June 2011. The SOC2-compliant data center offers Internap’s full platform of IT Infrastructure services – from public and private cloud-managed hosting and colocation to a global Content Delivery Network and route-optimized IP transit. The facility utilizes cutting-edge green practices throughout and incorporates flexible, high-density power configurations of up to 12kW per rack, enabling customers to adjust power consumption on demand without requiring more space.

“Data centers have emerged as a sector with incredible green building potential,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the USGBC.

Specific highlights that contributed to Internap’s LEED certification include:

  • Use of reclaimed water: The first commercial data center operator in California to use reclaimed rather than potable water to help cool the building, Internap saves 76,300 gallons per day and 27,849,500 gallons per year, the equivalent of 46.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools of potable water saved annually.
  • Reuse of building materials: To renovate the building, Internap reused more than 99 percent of the exterior structural components, avoiding the diversion of nearly 85 percent of its construction waste to landfills. Additionally, almost 15 percent of the materials came from recycled content from pre- and post-consumer materials.
  • Energy efficiency: The building utilizes high-efficiency lighting, HVAC systems and controls that decrease power consumption by more than 30 percent compared to similar facilities. Also, the Energy Star Target Finder tool showed a nearly 50 percent reduction in energy use compared to similar building types.
  • Green power: The building’s office area supplements its electrical load with green power, which helps to reduce strain on power companies and the greenhouse gas emissions caused by power plants.
  • Green cleaning: A green cleaning program and policy, which utilizes low-VOC products, reduces air contaminants and harmful gases, promoting a healthier environment for building occupants.
  • Transportation options: The facility includes environmentally-conscious transportation options, such as carpool parking stalls to encourage commuters to rideshare and geographic proximity to public transportation.
  • Renewable energy: Internap recently purchased more than 400,000 kWh of renewal energy credits for the Santa Clara facility, helping to avoid 487,585 lbs. of CO2.

Randy Ortiz, director of data center design and engineering at Internap, said, “The design choices and practices that led to Internap’s achievement of LEED and Green Globes certification at this facility will be instrumental to achieving similar standards across all of our company-owned data centers.”