Equivalent DATA's Datacenter, The Solution Center

Corporate Sustainability

Building Green

It’s not easy being green. But it’s worth it.

At Equivalent DATA, efficiency is a top priority as we play our part in conservation and sustainability. Thus we designed our Houston datacenter to leave as small a footprint as possible. The Solution Center was one of the first sustainable “green” datacenters to have attained national prominence as a USGBC-certified building. Green buildings adhere to strict design, construction, and operational standards determined by the USGBC, aimed at promoting buildings that are environmentally responsible, fiscally profitable, and healthy for all.

Exterior Green Features

  • Cool roof with solar reflectance index of 78
  • Highly reflective Fly Ash paving
  • Stone veneer harvested locally
  • High performance irrigation system
  • Cutoff exterior light fixtures
  • Low E insulated glass windows
  • Bicycle storage and changing room
  • Sunshade controls daylight into space
  • Native trees and plants

Interior Features

  • High-efficiency light fixtures
  • Occupancy-sensitive lighting
  • Daylight view windows
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low VOC paints
  • Carpet with high recycle content
  • Low emitting furniture
  • Low flow kitchen and lavatory faucets

Other Sustainable Strategies

  • Diverted three fourths of construction waste from landfills
  • Manufactured 20% of all building materials locally
  • Used high performance low-E glazing
  • Developed IAQ plans during construction and before occupancy
  • Implemented green cleaning policy and organic pest control
  • Optimized building energy performance by 32%
  • Achieved a whole roof R-value of 22 and a whole wall R-value of 17
  • Used HVAC equipment with no HCFCS or Halons
  • Provided parking for carpool program
  • Participating in educational outreach program
  • Windows provide daylight to 90% of all occupied spaces
  • 40% of all building materials have recycled content
  • Rapidly renewable wheat board used in millwork
  • Green Power Certificates for 100% of energy use for two years
  • Thermal modeling maximizes ventilation and energy efficiency
  • Low VOC content used in paints, adhesives, sealants, carpet and agrifiber products