Wednesday, 06 February 2019 09:17

NextDC claims Australia’s first NABERS 5-star rated data centre

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Data centre operator NextDC is claiming Australia’s first NABERS 5-star rated data centre with the official certification of its M1 Melbourne facility.

NextDC says the certification further demonstrates its commitment to “global leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability”, certification through the National Australian Built Environment Rating System setting a high benchmark by achieving a level of energy efficiency not previously attained in the industry.

NextDC’s chief of Engineering and Design, Jeff Van Zetten, said: “Our goal is to set a new global benchmark in data centre design that will deliver a higher level of sustainability for our customers and our environment.  We are responsible for building the digital economic infrastructure that will support our future generations, so it’s something we take very seriously."

NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, and enables organisations to benchmark the environmental performance of their buildings, measuring their energy efficiency, greenhouse gas intensity and the overall impact on the environment.

The certification process for the NABERS 5-star rating for data centre infrastructure facility began many years ago.  A long-term vision for energy efficient design, coupled with the rigorous day to day commitment in performing disciplined onsite real-time monitoring and ongoing tuning plays an integral role in achieving a NABERS 5-star standard.

NextDC developed, owns and operates its own solar array on the roof of the M1 data centre and has also been a principal partner to the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project since its inception in 2014. In FY18, financial close on MREP was achieved, enabling the construction of the 80MW Crowlands Wind Farm in Victoria.

NextDC’s chief operating officer Simon Cooper adds: “I am extremely proud of what the team have achieved. This is a significant milestone for our business and celebrates the energy efficiency of our data centres.”

“Our dedication to environmental sustainability is core to our values at NextDC. Continued investment in this area remains a priority and we will continue to push sustainability boundaries and set aggressive new benchmarks for the data centre industry.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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