Data Center Energy Efficiency Program Initiated 05/29/2008 | A rare opportunity to participate in shaping the future ENERGY STAR Data Center Infrastructure Rating has been initiated by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE A rare opportunity to participate in shaping the future ENERGY STARTM Data Center Infrastructure Rating has been initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). When completed, the rating will help data center operators assess the energy performance of their buildings' infrastructure assets and compare their performance with peers across the United States. The program, called the National Data Center Energy Efficiency Information Program, is engaging numerous industry stakeholders who are developing and deploying a variety of tools and informational resources to assist data center operators in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in their facilities. U.S. data centers consume a growing portion of the U.S. energy/electricity supply due to increasing demand for the services they provide. Data centers used 61 billion kWh of electricity in 2006 (double the amount used in 2000), representing 1.5 percent of all U.S. electricity consumption. Based on current trends, energy consumed by data centers will continue to grow by 12 percent per year. An EPA report to Congress estimated that, if state-of-the-art technology were adopted, then energy efficiency could be improved by as much as 70 percent. Even a modest savings of 10 percent of total energy use would amount to energy savings of 10.7 billion kWh per year, valued at approximately $740 million. According to the EPA, the new ENERGY STAR rating will be usable for standalone data centers and data centers housed within offices or other buildings. It will assess performance at the building level to explain how a building performs relative to its peers. After going through this process, the IT industry will join many other industries that operate with an ENERGY STAR rating for their buildings, including real estate, government, healthcare, education, industrial, and retail, among others. More information about the National Data Center Energy Efficiency Information Program can be found at the DOE (www.eere.energy.gov/datacenters) or EPA (www.energystar.gov/datacenters) websites. Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Building Maintenance » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS Email to a Friend * required fields From* To * Message cancel Email Print Print Related Coverage Florida Hospital Saves $5 Million by Integrating BAS Technology Rents Rising, Vacancy Rates Declining Through 2017 ADDITIONAL FM TOPICS Building Maintenance How to Vet an HVAC Contractor Building Maintenance 9 Keys to Building Security Building Maintenance Reduce Maintenance and Injury with Entryway Flooring Building Maintenance Best Practices for Efficient Washroom Maintenance HVAC Exploring the Long-Term, Temporary, & Emergency Applications of Portable Cooling HVAC Why Submetering is Crucial for Reducing Energy Consumption & Cost Roofing Protect Your Building with a Roof Warranty Interiors Sustainable Locker Materials and Solutions for Every Place and Purpose Interiors Five Trends Transforming the Office Space and the Impact on Your Bottom Line Related Articles Sooner or Later: Weighing the Feasibility of Proactive Maintenance IoT in Healthcare Facilities: What Could Go Wrong? Florida Hospital Saves $5 Million by Integrating BAS Technology LG Electronics Recycles 24,000 Tons of Used Devices Reduce Maintenance and Injury with Entryway Flooring Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency! Polyglass’ Polyfresko cap sheets with CURE Technology saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance.