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LEED-certified building garners energy savings

April 22, 2010
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WASHINGTON — After five years, the nation''s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified data center has realized a total of $1.7 million in energy savings, according to a press release.
The 247,000 square-foot data center represents the cornerstone of Fannie Mae''s technology operations, which has reduced its energy usage by 35 percent over the past handful of years, the release stated.
Through a unique irrigation design that uses waste water from the cooling plant and captured rain water, coupled with landscaping that features drought-tolerant plants, the facility saves nearly 13,000 gallons of municipal water per day and has saved more than 23 million gallons over five years, the release noted.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), said: "Fannie Mae''s technology center is an excellent case study of how building projects of varying scopes and scales can achieve energy efficiency. Fannie Mae''s early adoption of LEED not only demonstrates their environmental stewardship, but can attest to the simple premise that by consuming less, companies inherently save more and will do so throughout the lifecycle of the building."
The data center, which earned LEED certification in June 2005, incorporated 80 percent of construction waste back into the facility, the release added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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