A proposed ASHRAE standard providing requirements for energy use in data centers is open for public input.
The standard would establish minimum energy efficiency requirements of data centers and telecommunications buildings for design and construction, and for creation of a plan for operation and maintenance, as well as for utilization of on-site or off-site renewable energy resources.
ASHRAE Standard 90.4P, Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings, is open for its first public review until March 30, 2015. (Read the draft standard and to submit comments.)
“We are proposing criteria to support the specialized nature of larger data centers,” says Ron Jarnagin, Chair of the Standard 90.4 committee. “When adopted, design and construction of data centers will require the use of both Standards 90.1 and 90.4 for compliance with building codes.”
The intent of Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more flexible and accommodating of innovative change, which can occur rapidly in data center design, construction and operation.