Exclusive: A look at Facebook's energy-friendly Prineville Data Center (Photos)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Prineville Data Center Building 2's entry lobby shows off the facility's responsible use of materials. More than 90 percent of the wood used is FSC-certified from sustainably managed forests while 83 percent of Facebook's construction waste was recycled or reused. The finishes also consist of low Volatile Organic Compound materials. Click through for more pictures from Facebook's Prineville locale.
The 70 Facebook and contract employees who staff the company’s new Prineville Data Center may not know how cool they have it.
Then again, maybe they do. The social media giant has, as part of its drive to operate a green data center, launched two public dashboards that report continuous data for such key efficiency metrics as power and water usage effectiveness. Not only are the dashboards available to Facebook workers, they’re available to the public.
Cooling down in Prineville: A look at Facebook's energy-efficient data center
The Prineville location could start a wave of open information for certain Facebook facilities: The dashboards will also be featured at the company’s data center in Lulea, Sweden, once that building comes online.
While Facebook actually began sharing the power and water usage numbers in 2011, it’s now sharing the annualized averages that its technicians study daily.
The traits were touted earlier this month as Facebook showed off its energy-efficient center to the media. The LEED Gold Prineville facility uses 52 percent less energy than comparable facilities.
For every 1.07 watts that come through the utility meter, one watt is delivered to the computer infrastructure while .07 of a watt is used to support the building.
The center contains countless other energy-saving touches. The 100 percent outside-air evaporative cooling system — it uses water created through evaporation to cool the buildings — teams with a system that reuses the server heat.
There’s plenty more. Click through for shots of Facebook’s Prineville Data Center — provided exclusively to SBO — as well as descriptions of some of the eco-touches and energy-saving strategies the company’s using to manage the building’s climate.
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