GLP’s Beijing Yizhuang Data Centre has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level of certification by LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, making it one of the few data centre infrastructure projects in China to achieve this level of certification.
The data centre is certified under LEED’s Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance system. The project’s sustainable achievements leading to its LEED v4.1 Platinum certification include:
- Full score in the LEED energy consumption performance review and 96 of 100 under Energy Star
- Approximately 27% reduction in water use from water-saving appliances, which obtained a full score under the LEED indoor water reduction category
- Sustainable procurement makes up approximately 62% of daily operation supplies
- Reflective roof for heat island reduction
- High-voltage direct current power supply, which is more energy efficient and cost effective than traditional alternating current power distribution
- Chiller plate exchange model with chilled water as a cooling mechanism, which uses less energy compared with traditional air-cooled systems
- Intelligent LED lighting systems installed in server rooms to prevent energy wastage and sustainable lighting fixtures used throughout the project are 100% mercury free
- Carbon-dioxide monitoring devices in densely populated spaces to monitor indoor carbon-dioxide concentration in real-time.
In addition to advanced environmental design features, the centre is equipped with GLP DC Base, a proprietary multi-data centre smart operation and management system that uses centralized control model, digital twin and artificial intelligence technologies to monitor and manage performance parameters, such as temperature, humidity, water and air quality to optimize energy efficiency of the data centre. Through these measures, the centre saved approximately 260 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2022.
“The LEED platinum certification is recognition of our ability to create high-performance, energy efficient data centres integrating technology-enabled intelligent asset operations,” says Teresa Zhuge, GLP China’s executive vice-chairman. “We continue to lead the way in sustainable infrastructure, accelerating progress towards greener and more efficient data centres.”