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IBM's First LEED® Gold Certified Data Center

The company's new Leadership Data Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is LEED certified to the Gold level

22 Sep 2010 -- IBM's new, 60,000 square foot, Leadership Data Center (LDC) in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, recently became the company's first LEED Gold certified data center.

LEED (link resides outside of is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

IBM's new data center reduces technology infrastructure costs and complexity for the clients it serves while improving quality and productivity. It also accelerates the deployment of services using only half the energy required of a similar-size facility. In constructing the new data center, the use of recycled materials and the energy characteristics of the space enabled the LDC to become LEED Gold certified.

IBM renovated an existing building on its 4 million square foot RTP campus by reusing 95% of the original building's shell, recycling 90% of the materials from the original building and ensuring that 25% of newly purchased material came from recycled products.

Key energy efficiency aspects of the data center are:

Other LEED-certified IBM projects include:

The following are some of IBM's buildings globally that have achieved LEED equivalent recognition in their country: