How Green Data Centers use Embodied Energy

Watch Dan Prows, Director, U.S. Buildings Group, LEED AP, CSDP at Morrison Hershfield, explain the benefits of using existing infrastructure in green data centers.


A powered shell brings substantial energy reduction into the equation, because powered shells utilize embodied energy. In other words, the energy that it takes to produce a material; that material holds energy. We call it embodied energy. The embodied energy can be reused over and over by reusing materials.

In addition to the embodied energy of just the facility, then you have the embodied energy of, say, the infrastructure surrounding that facility.

The infrastructure, the existing materials that are in place from that city or location, not having to create new infrastructure is a substantial benefit in energy reduction.

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