Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings - Data Centers  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
1.5 LU | HSW
0.2 CEU

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This course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by
utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.


Steve Greenberg, P.E., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   

Steve Greenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Energy Manager. Now a Senior Energy Management Engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he has researched and applied energy-efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 33 years. He is currently working with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, performing research on energy efficiency in laboratories, data centers, and other high-tech buildings, as well as working with the Lab's Facilities Division on several new building projects. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit.

Dale Sartor, P.E., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   

Mr. Sartor heads the LBNL Building Technologies Applications Team, which assists in the transfer of new and underutilized technology through project-focused multidisciplinary teams. Mr. Sartor has an A.B. in Architecture, and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor. He has over thirty-five years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including ten years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL's In-House Energy Management Program. Mr. Sartor oversees RD&D at LBNL focused on energy efficiency in buildings for high tech industries (i.e. laboratories, cleanrooms, and data centers).

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will have a demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Identify the major causes of energy inefficiency in a data center and describe the acceptable operating temperature for a data center and the process for achieving it;
  • Describe the process of server virtualization and explain data center redundancy strategies and compare them to server redundancy strategies;
  • Select an energy efficient power supply and explain the role of ENERGY STAR in data center efficiency; and
  • Explain why it is important for IT professionals and facility personnel to work together to solve problems related to energy efficiency.
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