DALLAS – July 17, 2013 – Energy Future Holdings’ Mesquite Data Center recently achieved LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, joining an elite number of buildings globally with this certification level. Located near Dallas in Mesquite, the data center, which provides the company with vital IT support by housing computing platforms, servers, network and storage devices, marks the fifth time the company has received the impressive designation.
LEED certification recognizes buildings that have made strides to improve the quality of workspace provided for building occupants while simultaneously reducing the environmental impacts of building operations. The data center now performs in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide for energy efficiency, and it has also received Energy Star recognition for the past two years from the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to this recent project, EFH has focused on incorporating sustainability and energy efficiency into its corporate offices throughout Texas. Energy Plaza, the company’s home office in downtown Dallas, has received two LEED Gold certifications since 2008. TXU Energy’s Sierra building in Irving achieved LEED Silver status in 2010, and Luminant Academy, the company’s premier training facility, was the first LEED-certified facility in Tyler.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the LEED Silver Certification of Mesquite Data Center,” said Bob Keith, senior director of facilities and real estate for EFH. “This certification marks a significant milestone in our company. We are continually improving the quality and reliability of our operations while reducing our environmental impact.”
Alleviating the environmental impact of the facility, which contained hundreds of heat-generating servers and related equipment in a relatively small area, took more than two years and a team effort. The EFH IT team partnered with EFH facilities and Transwestern Sustainability Services to improve energy efficiency and building management. Project highlights included:
- Hundreds of servers and inefficient cabling that consumed large amounts of electricity were sent to salvage or eliminated and replaced with virtualized equipment, lowering the facility’s environmental footprint.
- Mechanical systems were replaced with Energy Star-certified systems.
- Blanking panels were installed in all cabinets, and existing unused space was filled with foam, improving airflow and reducing hot-air recirculation in the equipment.
- Indoor air quality best-management practices were applied to continually monitor indoor air quality, elevating employee comfort level and productivity.
- New state-of-the-art, motion-activated “dark data center” lighting systems were installed.
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About Energy Future Holdings
EFH is a Dallas-based holding company engaged in competitive and regulated energy market activities, primarily in Texas. Its portfolio of competitive businesses consists primarily of Luminant, which is engaged largely in power generation and related mining activities, wholesale power marketing and energy trading, and TXU Energy, a retail electricity provider with more than 1.7 million customers in Texas. Luminant has approximately 15,400 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the United States. EFH’s regulated operations consist of Oncor, which operates the largest electricity distribution and transmission system in Texas with more than 3.2 million delivery points and 119,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines. While EFH indirectly owns approximately 80 percent of Oncor, the management of Oncor reports to a separate board with a majority of directors that are independent from EFH.