Thursday, 08 August 2019 12:43

NextDC Sydney data centre gets Nabers energy efficieny rating Featured


Data centre operator NextDC’s S1 Sydney data centre has been certified as a NABERS 5-star rated data centre infrastructure facility for energy efficiency.

NextDC says the S1 Sydney centre is the only data centre facility in New South Wales and the second in Australia to achieve a NABERS 5-Star rating for energy efficiency – with the company’s Melbourne M1 facility the first.

According to NextDC, its continued investment into certification through the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) has set the “highest benchmark in the country by achieving a level of energy efficiency not previously attained in the industry”.

NextDC’s Chief of Engineering & Design, Jeff Van Zetten said “As an organisation we continue to push the boundaries and set a new global benchmark in data centre design that will deliver the highest possible level of sustainability for our customers and our environment”.

“We are responsible for building the critical infrastructure for the digital era that will support our future generations, this is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

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

NextDC’s Chief Operating Officer, Simon Cooper said “I could not be prouder of what our team have achieved. The addition of our second NABERS 5-Star rated data centre confirms that the workloads of the majority of NextDC’s customers are operating at 5-Star levels of energy efficiency.”

Cooper said long-term vision and dedication to 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.

He notes that ensuring S1’s energy saving design elements, such as the innovative use of indirect economy cycle free cooling are running optimally and continuing to maintain exceptional indoor air quality for the critical IT infrastructure is crucial to attaining the benchmark.

“Our dedication to environmental sustainability is core to our beliefs at NextDC. Investment in to the operational and environmental sustainability of our data centres remains a priority and we will continue to set aggressive new benchmarks for the data centre industry for the greater good of our customers and the environment,” Cooper said.

“For environmentally conscious organisations that are looking to optimise the running of their critical infrastructure and do so in an ethical and responsible manner, this is a great example why their IT workloads should be colocated in a NextDC data centre.”

“For environmentally conscious organisations looking to optimise the critical infrastructure that drives their business and do so in an ethical and responsible manner, this is a great example why their IT workloads should be colocated in a NEXTDC data centre.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a 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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