Digital Realty Trust data centres go green

Melbourne and Sydney facilities are the first in Australia to receive LEED certification, says Digital Realty Trust

Digital Realty Trust has made its Melbourne and Sydney data centres green with LEED ratings from the United States Green Building Council (UGSBC).

The LEED rating system is used to certify buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. While the rating system started in the US, it is now used by companies in 120 countries.

According to Digital Realty Trust, its data centres are the first in Australia to receive the LEED certification. The Melbourne data centre in Deer Park received a platinum rating while the Sydney facility in Erskine Park achieved gold.

Digital Reality Trust's Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific managing director, Bernard Geoghegan, said the data centres achieved the certification by “implementing practical strategies aimed at delivering high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality”.

“We are committed to transforming the environmental performance of the data centre industry in Australia and to be recognised by the USGBC is a significant honour,” he said in a statement.

In addition to the LEED rating, the company is measuring the energy efficiency of its Australian data centres by using the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) tools for data centres.

The NABERS rating for data centres was launched in Australia in February 2013 and rates building infrastructure and IT equipment.

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