Paper Conference

2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA


Modeling Mission Critical Facilities for LEED: Lessons Learned

Kristopher Baker, Xun Jia
Syska Hennessy Group, New York, NY

Abstract: The critical facility market has grown exponentially in recent years with numerous new data centers being built worldwide. With its unique characteristics, special attention needs to be paid when modeling the performance of the data centers for design or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (LEED). This paper presents a technical overview of data centers, including a few components and unique characteristics; a description of various configurations such as hot aisle/cold aisle containment, economizing and virtualization; and an overview of the LEED modeling requirement for data center applications. It also provides techniques on properly simulating the energy use of data centers for design or LEED purpose.
Pages: 581 - 587