WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT, news, filings), a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenant wholesale data centers, today announced that its ACC7 facility has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. This is the fifth LEED certified data center in DFT’s portfolio and the fourth to receive Gold certification. ACC7 achieved the LEED Gold certification in the Building Design and Construction category.
Located on DFT’s Ashburn, VA, campus, ACC7 is the first facility to fully utilize DFT’s newest data center design and provides a high degree of flexibility. ACC7 offers an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15, as calculated on an annualized basis, by virtue of a highly efficient cooling plant and medium voltage electrical distribution featuring oil-filled power distribution units (PDUs). The award-winning data center provides the ultimate in energy efficiency and cost effectiveness without compromising reliability
“Many of our customers have pledged corporate social responsibility and our commitment to designing and constructing a LEED Gold certified data center is one example of how DFT incorporates customer feedback into our product roadmap,” said Scott Davis, Executive Vice President of Operations for DuPont Fabros Technology. “We believe that taking a sustainable approach to design and construction is a requirement moving forward, and we are proud of the new design features incorporated into ACC7 that are setting us a step above the rest of the field.”
Developed by the USGBC, LEED accreditations consider diverse aspects of facility design, construction, operation and maintenance—including site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and design innovation.
LEED Gold certification of ACC7 was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the surrounding community. Some of these features include:
- The use of low-emitting materials such as adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood and agrifiber products
- An energy and atmosphere design that is intended to optimize energy performance
- The use of recycled and regional materials, as well as the diverting of construction debris from disposal in landfills and incineration facilities.
ACC7, one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in North America, contains 446,000 gross square feet and can deliver 41.6 megawatts of critical power when fully developed. It is the sixth data center on DFT’s 1.6 million square-foot Ashburn campus and the largest data center in the company’s portfolio.
About DuPont Fabros Technology Inc.
DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenant wholesale data centers. The Company’s facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model. The Company’s customers outsource their mission-critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services. The Company’s 11 data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.75 million gross square feet and 240 megawatts of available critical load capacity to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers. DuPont Fabros Technology is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.dft.com
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
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