Australian data centre operator, NEXTDC Limited, has announced that its M1 Melbourne data centre has been officially certified as Australia’s first NABERS 5-star rated data centre infrastructure facility.
NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings.
The process of NEXTDC qualifying for the coveted NABERS 5-star rating consisted of many years of rigorous, daily commitment to performing onsite, real-time monitoring and ongoing tuning coupled with a long-term vision for an energy efficient design.
NEXTDC’s Chief of Engineering and Design, Jeff Van Zetten, explained that the company’s goal was to set a new global benchmark in data centre design that delivers a higher level of sustainability for their customers and the environment.
“We are responsible for building the digital economic infrastructure that will support our future generations, so it’s something we take very seriously,” he commented.
NEXTDC developed, owns and operates its own solar array on the roof of the M1 data centre and has also been a Principal Partner to the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) since its inception in 2014. In FY18, financial close on MREP was achieved, enabling the construction of the 80MW Crowlands Wind Farm in Victoria.
NEXTDC’s Chief Operating Officer, Simon Cooper, adds that he is extremely proud of what the team has achieved.
“This is a significant milestone for our business and celebrates the energy efficiency of our data centres,” says Mr Cooper.
“Continued investment in this area remains a priority and we will continue to push sustainability boundaries and set new benchmarks for the data centre industry.”