KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cerner Technology Center (CTC), a data center facility owned and operated by Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN) at its world headquarters campus, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Cerner improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
"Cerner is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Bill Graff, senior vice president, Cerner Technology Services. "Managing the balance between energy efficiency and hosting service reliability is a complex undertaking, requiring careful design, management, and continual monitoring."
To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, Cerner has implemented a number of design principles and adjustments in its CTC focused on limiting energy consumption to match current demand:
- Utilizing a modular design, only opening new data center rooms as needed to allow for new computing capacity;
- Implementing a hot/cold aisle air delivery system in data center rooms;
- Focusing on limiting air mixing between cooling zones to maximize the delivery of cold air where needed; and
- Adjusting the temperature of the chilled water loop system used to cool the air in the data centers to a temperature well suited for computing operation, limiting the electrical draw of the cooling components used throughout the facility.
"Given the critical nature of the health care software solutions and data we provide, any efficiency efforts must be undertaken with thorough research, incremental application, and frequent testing to ensure the computing environment is not disturbed," said Graff. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while providing highly available hosting services to our health care clients."
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
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