Earlier today our datacenter provider for our Sydney, Australia announced that they had been awarded the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ Gold Certification for its high building standards by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The award was given for 3 primary reasons:
- 100 percent reduction of potable water for sewage conveyance through the capture and reuse of rainwater.
- 78 percent of on-site generated construction waste diverted from landfill.
- Use of up to 98 percent of the building's existing structural elements -- the LEED Gold Certification required a minimum of 55 percent of elements be reused.
- Overall energy cost savings of 22.24 percent.
Prior to its use a datacenter, the Equinix facility was used as a government paper store. The building was designed by famed architect, Harry Seidler.
The U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED certification in 2000. The LEED certification is designed to provide building owners, and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions, taking into account factors such as energy savings, water efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction.
This makes the second green datacenter VPS.net uses, as our Amsterdam location also has a plan that has been into action to reduce its carbon footprint.