Global Switch Sydney East joins an exclusive number of Australian data centres in becoming LEED Gold Certified
July 7, 2015
Global Switch, the leading owner and operator of large scale,
multi tenanted carrier neutral data centres in Europe and Asia
Pacific, has announced that the first stage of its $300 million
Sydney East data centre has received a Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating. The world class facility
is amongst a small number of data centres in Australia to be
awarded a LEED certification.
LEED is an internationally recognised green building rating
system developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to help
building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and
use resources efficiently. The LEED rating tool is designed to
assist owners and operators with aspects such as energy savings,
water use, selection of green materials and choice of resources,
and the quality levels of indoor environments.
Global Switch Sydney East, a Tier III+ world class data centre
located on the edge of Sydney's Central Business District (CBD),
received the certification by incorporating some of the latest
environmental design features including:
- Reconfigurable power and cooling distribution, variable speed
fans, free air cooling systems and low energy CRAH units provide
energy reductions of around 40% compared to traditional data
- The ability to harvest rainwater and to recycle water.
- Installation of a green roof providing thermal protection and
at the same time reducing solar glare.
- Utilising where possible recycled or sustainable materials or
components that assisted with accomplishing overall building
The Sydney East data centre's LEED Gold certification is further
evidence of Global Switch's ongoing commitment to reducing its
impact on the environment through energy efficiency, reduction in
carbon emissions and the provision of green energy solutions to
customers. The achievement follows the recent certification of all
of Global Switch's data centres across Europe and Asia-Pacific to
ISO 14001:2004, the award of a BREEAM-NL Rating of Very Good for
the first stage of a planned expansion to its Amsterdam data centre
and membership of the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme in the
Damon Reid, Global Switch's Managing Director in Sydney said
"Earning this important certification for the first stage of Sydney
East is testament of the high quality environmental design we have
applied to all aspects of the data centre from initial concept
through to build and operation. This world class design
coupled with our location close to the CBD, unique for a data
centre of Global Switch's scale, has generated considerable
interest from new and existing customers, including financial
institutions, enterprises, cloud providers, ISPs and system
integrators, seeking network dense low latency solutions."
The first stage of Sydney East is now nearing full occupancy,
and early works have already commenced on the second stage of the
data centre. In order to maximise efficiencies, the same
leading environmental design concepts and construction standards of
the first stage will be applied to the second stage.
Global Switch is a Reuben Brothers company.
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