Mahesh Ramanujam

In Singapore today, a number of companies are building and acquiring data centers to support their business activity. As a result, the Singapore government recently announced an investment of $100 million towards technologies that will increase the energy efficiency of data centers. Considering that this building type is one of the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, this is welcome news.

Data centers often run 24 hours a day and require sizable systems to not only power the systems, but also to cool the structures. Those that are not optimized waste precious resources, increase the dependence on foreign energy sources and tax the country’s infrastructure.

Hundreds of data centers are pursuing LEED every year. With more than 60,000 projects across the globe using LEED, it is clear that companies are striving to not only reduce their impact on the environment, but also reap the financial benefits that LEED offers such as reduced operating costs, lower utility bills, increased resale value and less time on the real estate market.

Singapore is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the most LEED activity. With close to 100 LEED projects and four million gross square meters of LEED space, Singapore is in an excellent position to capitalize on the government’s new investment to create greater efficiency in the built environment.

Worldwide, LEED-certified data centers owned by flagship companies such as Facebook and Yahoo! are certifying to LEED. LEED is helping create the safest, best buildings possible for the benefit of the entire planet. Sustainability and green building are not zero sum games with winners and losers—healthy buildings are a win for us all.