Intel scores first green building certification

Technology giant Intel has earned its first Gold level LEED certification from the U.S.

Technology giant Intel has earned its first Gold level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new design center set to open in June in Haifa, Israel.

Technology played a significant role for Intel in helping earn the designation. Here are some quick specifics:

  • The data center uses Intel Xeon processors (of course), which reduce power consumption potential by roughly $200,000 per year considered against comparable technology
  • The company has installed automated controls that regulate the use of natural lighting, which is available to about 75 percent of the "populated" areas of the building; it also is using individually controlled lighting for a higher degree of energy efficiency
  • Intel is using automation to measure carbon dioxide levels in the offices

Apparently, this new Intel Design Center is the first facility in Israel to be blessed with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. This is Intel's first high-level LEED blessing. One of its facilities in Kulim, Malaysia, received a more basic LEED nod for a retrofit. The company also has a Gold certification pending for its Octollio campus in Chandler, Ariz.