A $30 million data center at the University of Iowa Oakdale campus has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest energy-efficient standard.
The 42,000-square-foot Information Technology Facility will house the university's and its hospitals and clinics computer and network equipment. Completed in 2011, it is the first building on the UI campus to receive the LEED designation.
The university partnered with Alliant Energy to design the building, which uses about 37 percent less energy than a building without any of the energy-efficient features.
"Data centers have tons of equipment running. You need a lot of air conditioning to keep them cool. There's a lost of energy being used," said Justin Foss, a spokesman for Alliant Energy. "(The upgrades) shave off about 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of usage annually."
The average home uses about 11,000 kilowatt-hours a year.UI also received a $271,854 rebate check for participating in the utility's Commercial New Construction program, which works with new commercial buildings and remodeling projects to make them more energy efficient.