Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today

Data Center Energy Efficiency


Course Length: 3 hours

This course is a part of the ASHRAE Career Enhancement Curriculum Program:
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There are plenty of opportunities to save energy in data centers. Data centers are using an increasing amount of the total energy used by commercial facilities. However, these increases have a downside in that they have caused a significant increase in the power required and the heat dissipated by the computing equipment, such that it is becoming very difficult to power and cool these systems in data centers or telecommunications rooms. This course examines the best practices for data center energy efficiency by focusing on thermal guidelines for data processing, datacom facility energy efficiency, and actual high density data centers in operation today. You will gain an understanding of equipment environment specifications while learning methods for measuring performance and developing means to evaluate effectiveness of data center cooling. You will also receive instructions on the use of the U.S. DOE’s DCPro web-based energy modeling tools for data centers.

Course Instructors

Don Beaty, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE >>

Jack Glass, P.E., Member ASHRAE >>

Roger Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E., Member ASHRAE >>

Additional Information

All courses are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. Courses may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development ( or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar or course at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > Learning Portal to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event.