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SAN FRANCISCO-One of the first LEED-certified data centers in the country is being developed in the East Bay city of Newark, CA. The developer is 365 Main Inc., a locally based provider of data center facilities to third parties that plans to have all of its new facilities certified under the LEED program created by the non-profit US Green Building Council.

Don’t expect the Newark facility to achieve a “silver” or “gold” LEED rating; datacenters are huge power suckers. The aggregate consumption by servers and data centers in the US has more than doubled since 2000 to about 45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2005, accounting for about 1.2% of the country’s electricity consumption, roughly equal to the power drawn by the nation’s color televisions.

“We’re going for the initial base certification and, depending on that experience, we might move up the stack to silver or gold either in future builds or in Newark,” Miles Kelly, VP of corporate strategy for 365 Main, tells GlobeSt.com.

Build out of the Newark facility is under way. The 136,410-sf facility is scheduled to open shortly before the end of the year.

To achieve the base rating, 365 Main is using recycled and regionally sourced construction materials; computer room air handlers that consume 30% less energy than traditional CRAHs; and various other improvements including energy-efficient lighting, lighting controls and water-efficient landscaping.

The Newark data center will be 365 Main’s sixth facility and its fourth in California. The company plans to open a seventh in Vernon, CA in 2008.

Most recently, in January, 365 Main expanded into the Oakland, CA market via acquisition. The company paid approximately $20 million for a 110,000-sf facility near Jack London Square in a joint venture with equity partner Rockwood Capital. Located at 720 Second St., the company says it found takers for one-third of the space in less than three months. The company’s facility in San Francisco is already full.

Kelly is confident the Newark facility will achieve the base certification from the USGBC because it is following the guidelines published by the organization and because the company is working with LEED-certified contractors. “It’s a points-based system so we are aiming for 15% to 20% more points than is actually required so if we can’t, for example, achieve a point for locally-sourced materials we can make it up in other areas,” Kelly says.

The Newark facility will be the third data center in the nation to be LEED certified and the first in the nation developed and maintained by a third-party provider. The first two are owned and operated by individual corporations.

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