Vertiv introduces solution to increase data centre sustainability in North America and EMEA

Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has introduced the innovative Vertiv™ TimberMod variant of its Vertiv™ Power Module and Vertiv™ SmartMod™ families, featuring mass timber as a key structural component instead of steel for prefabricated modular (PFM) data centre solutions.

Available in North America and in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), this ground-breaking introduction reflects Vertiv’s commitment to supporting customers’ sustainability objectives by using a more environmentally friendly material that can minimise resource depletion and lower CO2 emissions.

Mass timber, if sourced from sustainably harvested wood, serves as a renewable construction material with the potential to minimise resource depletion and lower carbon footprint by up to three times compared to steel, based on the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with the cradle-to-gate product lifecycle and the transport of materials and structural elements to the assembly site. This eco-friendly choice aligns with Vertiv’s mission to offer solutions that meet high-performance standards but also contribute to the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions.

Vertiv TimberMod meets applicable building structural requirements, providing robust performance in the face of seismic activity, wind forces, and structural demands. Beyond its structural prowess, this innovative solution adds an aesthetic dimension to data centre architecture, seamlessly blending into diverse environments with an elegant design.

“Data centres in North America are increasingly relying on prefabricated modular solutions to provide the speed of deployment, capacity, energy efficiency, and flexibility required for evolving data centre needs. The Vertiv TimberMod provides another option for our customers, with the benefit of further supporting customer sustainability goals by leveraging eco-friendly mass timber,” said Matt Weil, vice president of integrated modular solutions for Vertiv in the Americas.

“Although timber data centres are not new, they have become much more accessible now that a major prefabricated modular data centre vendor offers data centre building blocks or an entire data centre built with timber, with the engineering assurance that it will remain reliable,” said Vlad Galabov, director for cloud and data centre at technology research and advisory group, Omdia.

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