ASHRAE, the professional body for cooling, heating, and ventilation engineers, is in the process of working on a standard for data center efficiency.
The new standard that’s currently under development includes recommendations for the maximum power usage effectiveness (PUE) that should be achieved by data centers in a particular location.
However, some data center industry experts believe the body is being too inflexible in their recommendation, according to an article from Data Center Dynamics.
“ASHRAE is the source of the 90.1 standard which applies to energy efficiency in buildings generally, and which is widely referred to in building regulations,” the article explains.
The new standard contains an addendum covering data centers, which has caused controversy over worries that it might mandate a particular type of cooling technology, also known as the “economizer”, although ASHRAE maintained that innovation would be allowed by facilities meeting the standard.