Data center earns LEED certification
The new data center for L.L. Bean has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification.
Awarded the LEED Silver certification , the 18,000 sq ft data center is equipped to hold up to 144 racks of servers, with 4.2 kW of power for every rack. It also created energy efficiency by recycling half of its construction waste and by using materials sourced in New England.
Earlier in June, the USGBC stated it was working on a plan to monitor data centers . The current LEED certification process can evaluate the centers, but there are no unique guidelines for those types of buildings.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.