In the new LEED certification program, data centers once again fall under the commercial building document up for draft comments and public comments until January 14, 2011. Although data centers quite often reside in commercial buildings, the two can simply not be treated the same. But as the document specifically call out data centers, it is worth mentioning here to encourage everyone involved in data centers to respond.
The document has several flaws as it relates to data centers including fireplaces, open windows, climate control access to personnel for personal comfort, building near public transit, and other clauses that are generally frowned upon in or around a data center.
It’s time for a new LEED data center certification that incorporates Energy star and other initiatives. Or at a minimum, the data center sections need to be removed from sections where it makes NO sense for data centers to be mentioned before some interpretation gone wrong leads to disastrous but LEED certified consequences.