Allstate Lands LEED Gold for New Data Center

Allstate Lands LEED Gold for New Data Center

Allstate Insurance Company this week announced that its new data center facility has secured LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 50,000-square-foot facility, which was completed in the summer of 2009, was part of a strategy by the company to consolidate its computing facilities to two while at the same time saving on costs and reducing environmental impacts.

Catherine Brune, the company's CIO, described the facility as being "designed from the ground up to maximize computing capacity and minimize environmental impact."

Among the approaches Allstate used to land LEED Gold certification include using energy-efficient IT hardware, an HVAC system that uses waste heat from servers along with outside air to balance the heating and cooling needs of the computing space and the office space of the facility, a white roof to reflect heat, and glass walls to take maximum advantage of daylight inside the building.

Allstate's Rochelle facility is only the tenth data center to earn LEED Gold certification, the second-highest level of the USGBC's green building standard. The first data center to earn the top-ranking Platinum certification was Citi's Frankfurt data center in April 2009.

Other notable LEED-certified data centers include the LEED-Platinum data center from standardized testers ACT, the stylish and LEED-Silver data center from L.L. Bean, and the LEED-Gold facility from Fortune Data Centers, which counts Facebook among its clients.

Along with the announcement of its LEED status, Allstate released the video below highlighting some of its green attributes.