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BLACKIRON Data awarded LEED Silver certification

BLACKIRON Data, a subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc., announced this week that its Toronto DC3 data centre has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification by the Canada Green Building...


April 17, 2013  


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BLACKIRON Data, a subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc., announced this week that its Toronto DC3 data centre has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Green features at the site include:

* Construction: Rather than build a new site from the ground up, BLACKIRON made the necessary modifications to the structure of an existing single-story building, following LEED standards. A “building within a building” was created by adding interior wall sections, which helps to decrease cooling and heating requirements.

* Water reduction: Toronto DC3 uses cooling technology that does not use water, allowing BLACKIRON to save the significant amount of water traditionally associated with operating a data centre of similar size. Instead, the system leverages the cool Toronto temperatures to regulate heating and cooling. In warmer months, the data centre uses non-ozone depleting refrigerant system instead of a cooling tower, reducing water evaporation to the outside air. In addition, all water faucets and toilets are of a low-flow design and a water meter was installed to determine that all loads are aggregate amounts. 

* Optimized energy performance: The roofing system has a white reflective surface which repels the sun’s heat, reducing the amount of cool air required. Automated sensors turn on lights when motion is detected and turn off when not occupied to save on electrical consumption and decrease light pollution.