The ICT industry produces a staggering 2% of global CO2 emissions – a figure equivalent to aviation. Our data centre for Citi Bank in Frankfurt is the first in the world to put sustainability at its heart, setting radical new standards in an industry at the forefront of the fight against global carbon emissions.
Huge industrial warehouses crammed full of hot, whirring servers. Picture a data centre and it’s unlikely you’ll imagine anything architecturally beautiful.
We challenged conventions by designing a progressive, humane building. With its large open spaces, gardens and iconic green wall, Citi Bank’s data centre looks and acts more like a high-tech workplace than a storage centre – a radical change for the people who work there.
The Citi Data Centre’s environmental credentials are clearly reflected in its exterior, but its most impressive sustainable innovations are in how it works within.
Thanks to advanced energy systems and IT strategies, the data centre cooling uses only 30% of the power that a conventional one would need, and all space heating is by recovered energy. This results in reduced CO2 emissions of 11,750 tonnes a year.
Because water cooling is a major energy consumer in data centres we also installed a reverse water osmosis system, recovering 90% of waste water and saving 35,950,000 litres every year.
We were awarded the project based on design innovation and international delivery expertise. Then working with the client our architects and engineers set the green agenda for the project and ultimately delivered the world’s first LEED Platinum-awarded data centre.
Despite adding sustainability into the brief, the centre was completed under its original budget in just seven months - proving that it’s not just energy that can be saved by taking sustainability into consideration.
As the global demand for data storage grows exponentially, the Citi Bank Data Centre marks a dramatic and significant step forward in data centre design.
Recognised internationally as a landmark green building it has the potential to change the way data centres are designed for good, helping shape the sustainable agenda for an entire industry.
“If every data centre in the world were
built like this, enough energy would be
saved to power a country the size of Belgium”
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date: May 2008
Arup Specialist: Fire and Planning Supervisor
LEED Platinum status
2007 Data Centre Excellence Green Energy Efficiency Award
2008 Financial Services Technology Magazine Awards, Overall Winner