GBI awards three Green Globes to Chicagoland hyperscale facility

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has awarded the ranking of Three Green Globes to Aligned Data Centers hyperscale facility in Chicagoland, in recognition of outstanding achievements in sustainable design and construction. 

Aligned’s ORD-01 hyperscale facility is the first newly constructed data centre in Illinois to earn Green Globes certification, and one of only six certified data centres in the world to receive a ranking of Three Green Globes.

“Aligned’s recent Green Globes certification is a testament to the GBI’s validation of our team’s exceptional sustainability efforts and accomplishments across data centre design, construction management, supply chain, and operations,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “As environmental stewards at the vanguard of the industry, Aligned is committed to powering our data centre portfolio with renewable and clean energy, and collaborating with our customers to achieve shared carbon-reduction and water conservation goals is a critical aspect of every engagement.”

Aligned’s Three Green Globes certification recognises its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, resource efficiency, current and future building operations best practices, and occupant health and wellness. The Company’s Green Globes for New Construction certification recognises sustainability during the design and delivery process. Administered by the GBI, Green Globes is a nationally recognised green rating assessment and certification system that ensures projects meet clearly defined criteria in seven assessment areas, including project management, site, energy, water, resources, emissions, and indoor environment. Additionally, the Green Globes certification process includes an onsite assessment with a third-party assessor to verify implementation.

Aligned’s 18.5-acre Chicagoland hyperscale data centre campus will offer two multi-story facilities and 84 MW of capacity. First-phase completion of Aligned ORD-01, a 220,000 square-foot, 48 MW data centre launched simultaneously with the groundbreaking of a second, adjacent facility, ORD-02, this past spring. Once complete, ORD-02 will also undergo the GBI’s rigorous assessment in order to obtain campus-wide Green Globes accreditation.

In its Three Green Globes ranking, GBI also highlighted Aligned’s hyperscale data centre campus’ access to 100 per cent, off-site renewable energy and water consumption reduction. Aligned’s Chicagoland data centre combines its patented Delta3 cooling technology with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system. Along with water conservation, waterless cooling technology offers a near-complete elimination of water treatment chemicals, preventing the risk of exposing operations personnel to potentially dangerous biocides and anti-corrosion coatings.

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