LEED may be coming soon for data centers
The U.S. Green Building Council is considering adjusting LEED to incorporate the energy used by commercial data centers.
Data centers may be the next facility to be monitored by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program, according to Reuters .
LEED's current building standard is able to certify data centers, but no unique circumstances are taken into account about how centers operate. That could change though, as the USGBC is considering adjusting LEED to be able to evaluate the best way to increase the energy efficiency of data centers.
There are criteria for energy-efficient data centers, created by groups such as ASHRAE and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. But there are no formal guidelines that are mandated by the government, which the LEED standards would be. Representatives from the USGBC said they understand that the emphasis for data centers should be different than typical commercial buildings and any adaptations would likely be incorporated into the LEED rating systems for new construction as well as existing buildings.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey