The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that Tukwila-based Sabey Data Centers met its goal under the Better Buildings Challenge, recognizing the company for its commitment to energy conservation and environmentally-mindful business practices.
The DOE praised Sabey Data Centers for achieving the highest level of energy savings and reducing its combined energy use at its data center properties by nearly a third through high-efficiency designs and energy-saving business practices, according to a media release. The DOE initiative aims to make industrial, commercial, public and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by the end of the decade.
“Sabey Corporation has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices,” John Sasser Sr., vice president of Sabey Data Center Operations, said in the release. “This recognition from DOE is a great honor and inspires us to strive for more ways to increase energy efficiency.”
The DOE initiated the Better Buildings Challenge program to encourage businesses to cut energy use by 20 percent by 2020. Sabey Data Centers not only reached this goal ahead of schedule, but it surpassed energy efficiency targets by reducing power consumption by a combined average of 31 percent at all five of its data center facilities. Efficiency improvements at its Quincy facility resulted in a substantial 41 percent energy savings. At its Seattle facility, Sabey Data Centers nearly cut its energy use in half with a 49 percent reduction.
Finding better solutions in data center operations makes sense, since the industry thrives on innovation and technological advances, Sasser said. Twelve data center operators participated in the DOE challenge, and three have since achieved the 2020 energy efficiency goal.
Incorporating energy-saving solutions not only benefits current data centers, Sasser said, but Sabey Data Centers also has applied what it has learned to its newer data centers, including its facilities in Ashburn, Va., and in the Columbia Basin.
“We’re taking what we’ve learned during the eight years participating in the DOE program to create more energy efficient facilities at our new sites,” he said.
The Better Buildings Challenge is among Sabey’s numerous conservation efforts. At its Tukwila, Wash. headquarters, for instance, Sabey Corp. has invested more than $1 million to restore Riverton Creek and maintain a volunteer-run fish hatchery.
Sabey is a privately held real estate development and investment company specializing in data center, medical and life sciences, education, government and military sectors. Sabey has data centers in Washington, Virginia and New York.