Canadian Teleco Telus to Build $65M LEED Gold Data Center in Quebec

Telus Green Leaf. Image Credit: Telus.

It’s inspiring to see that the Canadian business sector is taking an increasing interest in environmentally-friendly building initiatives.

Canadian telecommunications giant Telus  announced earlier this week that it plans to build a $65 million Tier III data centre in Rimouski, Quebec.

The facility, which will be Telus’ first data center built with LEED gold standards in mind, will have a power usage effectiveness of 1.15.  The finished project is expected to become a flagship facility for the company, as well as “one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly purpose-built data centres of its kind in North America,” François Côté, president of Telus Québec and TELUS Health Solutions said in a press release.

This will be the second Tier III Telus data centre in Quebec.  The first one was built in Laval, Quebec, in October 2008.

The company cites Rimouski as an “ideal location” for a green building initiative, due to its “abundant source of hydroelectric power” and “moderate climate”, which will make it easy to meet low-energy requirements consistent with LEED gold standard

The project is being headed by Skanska, and will feature a modern, modular design.  Ground will be broken in the coming weeks in hopes of completing the project by 2012.

Steel is a common material in LEED buildings; a report released by the Canadian Steel Building Institute suggests that the energy efficient properties of steel, which includes its ability to heat and cool a building at low cost, the fact that it’s a highly recyclable material, and the steel’s industry’s commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions – the industry has demonstrated a 20% reduction in emissions since the 1990s – make steel a go-to resource for builders and companies interested in gaining valuable LEED credits.

Click here to learn more about the Telus LEED building project, and click here to learn more about the benefits of using steel as a building material.

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