PowerHouse Data Centers, a division of American Real Estate Partners (AREP) that offers powered shell build-to-suit and build-to-spec data centre configurations, has announced that it has joined the Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) Climate Accord (ICA).
The ICA is the first agreement of its kind in the industry and is designed to make sustainable data centre design, construction, and operation choices more transparent, effective, and cost-efficient, while reducing the obstacles to adopting sustainable practices.
“PowerHouse Data Centers is proud to be a part of a growing list of companies to join the iMasons Climate Accord, an unprecedented group of collaborating digital infrastructure companies to accelerate the journey to carbon neutrality,” said Doug Fleit, co-founder and CEO of AREP. “This level of awareness by members of our PowerHouse team is meant to simplify ESG performance reporting, while seeing key players in the data centre industry come together to play a role in this industry’s future.”
PowerHouse Data Centers said that it is cognisant of sustainable design from site planning to data centre shell completion. This starts with preserving trees and utilising sustainable construction materials and practices whenever possible in data centre developments. The company also utilises low carbon concrete to reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Steel with recycled materials, environmentally friendly roofing materials and products that minimise microplastics are also a part of PowerHouse’s data centre sustainability construction plan.
PowerHouse also partners with contractors on job sites which employ sustainable construction practices as part of a robust Environmental, Social and Good Governance (ESG) program. Through AREP’s commercial portfolio, buildings are certified with the International WELL Building Institute, the Verified Healthy Building for Indoor Air and Water and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) among others. This heightened level of transparency is meant to simplify ESG performance reporting, a growing priority for corporations and investors.