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LEED O+M: Data Centers | v4 - LEED v4

Energy efficiency best management practices



To promote continuity of information to ensure that energy-efficient operating strategies are maintained and provide a foundation for training and system analysis.



Conduct an energy audit that meets both the requirements of the ASHRAE preliminary energy use analysis and an ASHRAE Level 1 walk-through assessment identified in the ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits or equivalent. [Europe ACP: EN 16247]

Prepare and maintain a current facilities requirements and operations and maintenance plan that contains the information necessary to operate the building efficiently. The plan must include the following:

  • a current sequence of operations for the building
  • the building occupancy schedule;
  • equipment run-time schedules;
  • setpoints for all HVAC equipment;
  • setpoints for lighting levels throughout the building;
  • minimum outside air requirements;
  • any changes in schedules or setpoints for different seasons, days of the week, and times of day;
  • a systems narrative describing the mechanical and electrical systems and equipment in the building; and
  • a preventive maintenance plan for building equipment described in the systems narrative.

Use the U.S. Department of Energy’s DC PRO Profiling Tool to perform a preliminary assessment of energy consumption in data center spaces for critical systems.



Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: EN 16247

Projects in Europe may use the energy audit procedure defined in EN 16247-2:2014.

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