This case study describes the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) data center as a showcase of energy efficiency. Most of what NREL has done can be replicated by clients; however, two design approaches are climate-dependent: near-full reliance on outside air for cooling, and photovoltaic arrays for power.
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This case study details the design and operations of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility data center and its contributions to energy efficiency.
An energy-efficient data center includes targets for its power usage effectiveness (<1.2) and energy resource efficiency (< 0.9). It should be designed with hot isle–cold isle separation, use free cooling (economizer) and evaporative cooling when available, minimize fan energy, and use the most energy-efficient equipment possible.
Federal Emergency Management Program (FEMP) First Thursday Seminar on Goal Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings
DBIA training focused on integrating measurable energy efficiency performance specifications into design-build acquisition and delivery. This training includes three videos, which can be viewed here:
Text transcripts of these videos will be posted when they are available.
This case study highlights the design, implementation strategies, and continuous performance monitoring of NREL's Research Support Facility data center.