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M313
High Performance Data Centers

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Data centers can consume 25 to 50 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With such large power consumption, they are prime targets for energy efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use. But the critical nature of data center loads elevates many design criteria, chiefly reliability and high power density capacity, far above efficiency. Short design cycles often leave little time to fully assess efficient design opportunities or consider first cost versus life cycle cost issues. This can lead to designs that are simply scaled up versions of standard office space approaches or that re-use strategies and specifications that worked “good enough” in the past without regard for energy performance. The material used in this course has been created to provide viable alternatives to inefficient building practices.

This course is based on the document High Performance Data Centers – A Design Guidelines Sourcebook, January 2006.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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