Kao Data has received the ASHRAE Technology Award for Industrial Facilities and Processes. It recognises outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings. Paul Finch, Interim CEO and COO, Kao Data, who was presented with the award by ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce during its winter conference and AHR Expo in Orlando, said, “As a member and contributor within ASHRAE, it is immensely gratifying to be acknowledged and awarded first place in this broad category. At a time when our market is maturing and continuing to grow exponentially, the need to develop sustainable data centres is essential. Energy, water and natural resources are at a premium and as an industry we must all bear the responsibility to address sustainability and place it at the top of the corporate agenda.”
The award acknowledges the design, engineering and execution in the development of the Kao Data as the UK’s first 100% free-cooling wholesale co-location campus. Its voluntary registration to accredited industry associations and ISO standards are highlighted through its previous achievement of BREEAM ‘Excellence’, which assessed the buildings’ energy efficiency, environmental, ecological and sustainability competency, amongst other key benchmarks. Also notable is the complete omission of the use of refrigerants as a cooling medium, eliminating the associated global warming potential.
The design follows industry best practices defined by ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 (TC9.9) and is certified as the UK’s first Open Compute-Ready (OCP) campus. It is engineered to be efficient, using 100% free cooling to reduce the complexity of mechanical components, resulting in increased levels of reliability and availability.
At a time where the Uptime Institute Annual Data Centre Survey 2019 reports operational averages of PUE >1.6, Kao Data continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability through its use of 100% renewable energy and a PUE of 1.2, even at low IT utilisation.
ASHRAE‘s worldwide membership focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. TC 9.9 is concerned with all aspects of mission critical facilities, data centres, technology spaces and electronic systems. This includes computer rooms, server rooms, raised floor environments, high-density loads, emergency network operations centres, telco facilities, communications and electronic equipment rooms within the technology industry.