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New Digital Realty Trust Data Center Scores Top Marks in U.K.

A 10,000-square-foot data center facility has become the first such location in the United Kingdom to earn an 'Excellent' rating under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating, the U.K.'s equivalent of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system in the United States.

The facility is being built by Digital Realty Trust for the banking company HSBC, and has incorporated energy efficiency measures and green building practices throughout the project, and its BREEAM rating is a result of two years of assessment of in order to build the most high-performing and energy efficient data center possible.

"This is the latest in a long list of industry firsts that Digital Realty Trust has achieved for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility in the data center field," said Bernard Geoghegan, Senior Vice President of Digital Realty Trust Europe. "We were the first company to achieve LEED Gold certification for a data center in the United States, the first company to adopt the Green Grid's PUE energy efficiency measurement protocol, and the first company to publicly publish energy efficiency data about its facilities."

This announcement follows the passing of a similar landmark in the United States. Last month, Advanced Data Centers earned LEED Platinum for its newest facility in the Sacramento, Calif. area. The ADC facility was the first in the U.S. to earn that level of rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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