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Better Building Basics

By Ash Digital | Feb 03, 2024

There are a lot of complex issues to be solved when aiming to make any facility more sustainable.  Meeting sustainability and energy efficiency goals in data centers can seem daunting, especially as new systems become available and the overall density is on the rise faster than ever before.  Getting back to the basics on the […]
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2030 and Beyond: The Evolution of Sustainability in Building Development

By John Peterson | Jan 04, 2024

Given the new year 2024, there are bound to be great predictions and evaluations from the last year.  This time we’re looking further out to the year 2030 – now less than 6 years away.  What will we see for sustainable buildings, operations, and data centers?    Net-Zero Energy Buildings: The Standard for Tomorrow  By the year 2030, […]
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2023 Year-end Review  

By John Peterson | Dec 25, 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, it has been another exciting year for data centers. From advancements in technology to shifts in sustainability practices, here is a summary of some of the updates we’ve seen: Quantum Computing Integration:Quantum computing made an entrance into the data center landscape in 2023, and will likely continue making strides […]
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2023 Green building advances

By John Peterson | Dec 08, 2023

As 2023 has progressed, the global push for sustainability and eco-conscious decisions remains strong. This is particularly evident for data centers, where green building practices have continued to evolve, pushing the boundaries that were once limitations.  Along with the new, there are ‘re’-newed practices that are helping us pave the way towards a more sustainable and […]
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AI growth and the data center

By John Peterson | Oct 10, 2023

The rapid growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is necessitating overall redesigns in data center infrastructure.  AI's complex workloads require the integration of more graphic processing units (GPUs), tensor processing units (TPUs), and accelerators, which in turn demand higher power and generate more heat, and that increase in density is bound to ripple throughout how a facility […]
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Next green building initiatives and LEED v5 

By John Peterson | Sep 08, 2023

Green building initiatives have been launched across companies, organizations, and industries throughout the last decades. More webcasts, podcasts, conferences, standards, and classifications have been developed, scrutinized, and codified for the laymen and industry experts alike. By all accounts, the green ‘movement’ has been a success for awareness that has developed into action for developers to […]
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Communication overload is over

By John Peterson | Sep 08, 2023

We are constantly bombarded with information from an ever-increasing variety of sources. Just think of the number of social media applications released over the last year or two and how some have faded and others have dominated. Decades ago communication was mostly via land line telephones, radio, and broadcast TV. Numbers were written down in […]
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False Information

By John Peterson | Aug 17, 2023

There continues to be a flurry of articles homing in on the data center industry, calling it out as a wasteful, inefficient use of resources on top of being noisy energy hogs that also detract from the landscapes they occupy.  The write ups aim to tap into the emotional attachment of the reader to the resources […]
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AI Boom

By John Peterson | Aug 17, 2023

The AI boom has taken off worldwide, with many new and old companies in the sector investing in the latest technology, such as the nVidia platform, causing those manufacturer values to soar ever higher.  Now the equipment that so many has purchased is starting to be delivered, allowing a real surge of technology to gobble up […]
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Photovoltaic energy payback

By John Peterson | Jul 03, 2023

We’re recently gone through the exercise of energy return ratios for photovoltaic (PV) energy generation, as we had yet another ‘expert engineer’ and ‘LEED data center expert’ claim that photovoltaic sources never paid back the amount of energy based on their production.  Statements like this were common in the 1980’s, 90’s, and even early 2000’s.  […]
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