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 6 Ways Buildings Can Promote Wellness Navigant Research Names Siemens and AutoGrid as Top Providers of Demand Response Management Systems ADDITIONAL FM TOPICS Building Maintenance 9 Geothermal Innovators Building Maintenance 9 Keys to Building Security Building Maintenance Editor's Letter Building Maintenance ‘Expert in a Suitcase’ Provides Energy-Saving Solution Project Management The Key to Project Success: Collaboration Roofing The Vital Role of Insulation in Roofing Systems HVAC Portable Air Conditioners Taming Hot Summer Temperatures: Keeping People & Networks Safe Security A New Approach to Vendor Risk Management HVAC Maximize Your Return from HVAC Maintenance Plans Related Articles How Can We Reduce Legionella in Water Systems? NEMA Updates Circuit Breaker Guidelines OSHA Launches Web Platform for Workplace Injury Data New Tool Helps FMs Find the Most Environmentally Friendly Distributors ‘Expert in a Suitcase’ Provides Energy-Saving Solution 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.