NOVA has incorporated the most state of the art components that define reliability for our Clients. This includes the utilization of the most advanced electrical, mechanical and building control systems manufactured by the world’s leading component firms.
Incorporating the specifications of these components is one of the key formulas that NOVA uses in the development of the conceptual and ultimate design of a project. Our organization has continuously worked withworld-class manufacturing firms such as Schneider Electric, Liebert, Trane, Cummins, and Siemens.
Due to the long-term, continued relationships maintained between NOVA and these firms, our staff is able to calculate the desired criteria and the critical delivery path necessary to incorporate these critical components into a Data Center. The sum of this effort yields an increased reliability factor for the Client.
In an Industry such as the Mission Critical World, NOVA Mission Critical understands the utmost importance of its Clients’ confidentiality. This is why at NOVA, we continue to implement critical tools and procedures necessary to ensure the highest level of confidentiality for our Clients. Every employee is bound by an employment agreement that safeguards both company and Client information. Furthermore, NOVA includes a project-specific Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with every Request for Proposal (RFP), subcontract and Public Offering (PO). When needed, this NDA can be tailored to the specific needs of a particular project or Client.
The information these policies and NDA’s address includes:
- Client Name
- Contact Data
- Financial Information
- Pending Projects and Proposals
- Research and Development Strategies
In addition, NOVA employs a tactic of code-naming projects and project-related documents to prevent inadvertent leaks of sensitive information.
The Environmental Challenges Data Centers Face
Data Centers are energy-intensive enterprises. Not only do they require massive amounts of power for the servers themselves, but they also require extensive mechanical systems to maintain cooling and prevent downtime. Data Centers consume about 90-100 billion kilowatt-hours of the power supply in the United States and are projected to grow to 140-160 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020.Data Centers should be designed in the most efficient way possible, not only to minimize environment impact, but also to provide the lowest ongoing operational cost.
Common Problems in Data Centers
- Inefficient Cooling:Traditional cooling solutions that rely on older DX air conditioning systems are inefficient compared to the newer cooling solutions available today. ASHRAE 90.1 allows for the temperature of the cold rows to be higher then it was in the past saving energy and allowing for a higher delta.
- Inefficient Electrical Distribution: Inefficient electrical design can magnify into bloated energy costs and unnecessary pollution. Typical 2N electrical designs only allow for 40% maximum utilization of UPS systems resulting in the UPS running in a less efficient manner. Modern systems can be designed to allow for redundancy as well as high utilization rates on UPS’s so they run most efficiently.
In recent years, the Data Center Industry has been forced to focus on energy efficiency. This is not only to be good stewards of the environment, but also to reduce overall cost of the ongoing operation of a facility. NOVA has extensive background in TIA-942, Uptime and LEED building standards. Therefore, Clients in a Design/Build scenario can reap the rewards of our years of experience working in the Data Center market. As Clients become more aware that the design of a Data Center cannot happen in a vacuum without input on the constructability of a project, we find that NOVA’s Pre-Construction Services are being sought by discerning Clients, who not only desire to have an energy efficient Data Center, but also a cost-effective solution. The adage still holds true: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
NOVA’S ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTISE
With its knowledge of the latest eco-friendly technologies, NOVA offers Clients a variety of options for diminishing their impact on the environment.
NOVA’s construction process follows the most widely used, professional green building standards in the United States: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System, set by the United States Green Building Council. LEED Certification is attained by accumulating a minimum number of points for implementing eco-friendly measures. Though it is difficult for Data Centers to attain the required points for LEED Certification due to the tremendous amount of energy they consume, NOVA follows as many LEED specifications as possible during its construction process, in order to build as green a facility as feasible. Using cutting-edge technologies, NOVA can present many options for reducing a Data Center’s carbon footprint, thereby increasing efficiencies and future energy savings.
With NOVA’s expertise, Clients can enhance the environmental friendliness of their facility. Some examples are:
- Cooling: NOVA works with industry-leading HVAC, mechanical systems and equipment manufacturers to design and integrate highly efficient mechanical cooling systems which work in tandem with the environment. In most regions, economization and free cooling can utilize cooler air to cool the Data Center, while efficiently decreasing demand on mechanical infrastructure. At the other end of the process, efficiency can be gained by designing hot and cold aisles, which structure pathways for hot air ejected from a server and prevent it from mixing with cooled air.
- Electrical Distribution: NOVA analyzes the specific needs of each site to optimize energy transformation and voltages. Medium voltage generation, distribution and UPS systems can help increase efficiencies and reduce install costs. Using 415/240V distribution or DC power to the server cabinets can also increase efficiencies. There are many different approaches which can be used to gain electrical efficiencies on the distribution side. NOVA is experienced and knowledgeable in seeking out, as well as pricing out, the most innovative, value-engineered options, keeping the long-term ROI in focus, to assist the Client in making informed decisions.
- Local Area: NOVA can assess the surrounding environment to determine how best to minimize the Data Center’s impact. For instance, grey water can be reclaimed and reused, instead of expelled into the surrounding environment, in turn protecting the local groundwater, fish and wildlife.Cooling solutions can be employed in certain climates to take advantage of free cooling. Grey water in some AHJ’s can be purchased to cool large central plants, reducing the total treated water load of a complex.
NOVA believes that any business decision should be driven by the data. NOVA helps its Clients by producing payback analyses for suggested eco-friendly measures. An investment in advanced energy-efficient technologies will often pay off within the first few years, not only saving the Client money, but also maintaining the planet’s health for future generations.