CBRE | Romonet Presents Industry’s First Design Power Usage Effectiveness Validation Certification to Global Switch Data Centre

CBRE | Romonet Presents Industry’s First Design Power Usage Effectiveness Validation Certification to Global Switch Data Centre

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CBRE | Romonet, the leading life-cycle analytics platform for data centres, has presented the industry’s first design Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) validation certification to Global Switch, a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific. The process independently validates that the facility design PUE of Global Switch’s Singapore Woodlands data centre is in accordance with ISO/IEC 30134-2 across all load and climate points.

Global Switch Singapore Woodlands, a new world class 25,000 sq m data centre which launched earlier in 2019, was designed to achieve an annualised PUE of no more than 1.34 @ 100% IT load, the lowest multi-tenant data centre available in this country, making it the most power efficient data centre available to customers in Singapore. This PUE compares extremely favourably to the target average PUE of 1.78 set by the National Environment Agency of Singapore. The data centre incorporates some of the latest energy efficient technologies and is targeting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Rating and a Platinum BCA Green Mark.

Sam Lee, Tamilvanan Dilli, Damon Reid, Jim Harding, Martin Murphy, Andy Hobbs

“On behalf of CBRE | Romonet and CBRE Data Centre Solutions, I’m honoured to present this achievement to one of the leading data centre owners and developers in the world,” said Zahl Limbuwala, CBRE | Romonet Executive Director. “Our team looks forward to further supporting Global Switch’s energy and sustainability priorities and helping other organisations do the same.”

"We are very pleased to receive the validation results and certification for Singapore Woodlands," said Sam Lee, Managing Director, Singapore at Global Switch. "We are committed to providing our customers with the most energy efficient and reliable environments and this certification proves that sustainability is a critical part of our strategy.”

Matthew Winter, Group Director, Projects at Global Switch, said “using CBRE | Romonet, Global Switch can demonstrate the commitment to energy efficient data centres, and Global Switch’s customers can be confident that the declared PUE values are both accurate and validated by an independent party.”

CBRE | Romonet offers the industry’s first independent validation process to measure the energy efficiency of a data centre throughout its lifetime. The program, called Validated by CBRE | Romonet, has three separate stages during the data centre lifecycle—Design, Performance Validation (IST) and Operational.

Damon Reid, Group Director, Asia Pacific, Global Switch and Jim Harding, President, CBRE Data Centre Solution

In addition to the customised validation plaque, Global Switch received a detailed site performance report that was prepared by CBRE | Romonet’s team of data scientists and engineers utilizing CBRE | Romonet’s patented predictive modeling software.

CBRE | Romonet’s award-winning proprietary technology and intelligence holds four patents and has been used to model over 600 data centres within the past 10 years.

In February 2019, Romonet was acquired by CBRE and integrated into the company’s global Data Centre Solutions (DCS) business line. DCS currently manages more than 800 data centres on behalf of enterprise, colocation and hyperscale clients around the world.

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About CBRE Group, Inc.

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About Global Switch

Global Switch is a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-customer data centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Founded in 1998, Global Switch has a proven business model, demonstrable track record and is the highest credit rated data centre company in the world with investment grade credit ratings from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.

Global Switch is a vital and strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre services with scalable capacity and a high-level customer service.

The company's focus is on highly resilient, central, low latency, network dense locations in prime city centre locations and internet hubs close to its customers on the edge of financial and business districts. Global Switch’s data centres operate exclusively in the Tier I markets of Europe and Asia-Pacific to Tier III or higher and currently total around 365,000 sq m (4,000,000 sq ft) of floor space and are occupied by a broad range of customers, global and national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, cloud and managed service providers and other hosting businesses.

As a business, Global Switch is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and impact on the environment and has invested heavily to champion the latest green thinking. For more information please visit

CBRE | Romonet delivers vital predictive analysis for Global Switch’s data center in Sydney

CBRE | Romonet delivers vital predictive analysis for Global Switch's data center in Sydney

Data center owner and operator Global Switch turned to CBRE | Romonet to analyze one of the most energy efficient and sustainable data centers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company’s new Sydney East facility has been a huge undertaking, increasing its entire West and East data center campus to 73,000 sq m of space with 83MVA of utility power capacity. Once completed it will be Australia’s first hyper scale data center facility.

Because Sydney’s climate patterns are challenging for low-cost data center operations, Global Switch, which has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, had to build at significant scale so customers could benefit from reduced Total Cost of Occupancy through energy savings. It also wanted cost effective solutions that would enable it to deliver independently verified Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) over the lifecycle of the building.

CBRE | Romonet's patented predictive analytics platform was able to provide Global Switch with a detailed model of the design options for the Sydney East facility. This played a crucial part in establishing how the design could be enhanced to provide efficiency improvements at every stage. CBRE | Romonet's analysis, which aimed to identify designs that would achieve an annualized PUE of 1.33 for the building, gave Global Switch confidence that the design options were suitably tested before expensive detailed design and construction work was initiated.

The modeling captured multiple variations for the cooling system design; a water-based thermal transport system using water cooled chillers and cooling towers. This was rigorously tested against annual weather data to establish the annualised PUE.

CBRE | Romonet's ongoing insight is being used to support modifications to the existing cooling system to further improve PUE. As a result, Global Switch’s customers, who include international and national telecommunications companies, cloud providers, corporates and government agencies will receive a significantly more cost-effective solution for housing their equipment at the East Sydney facility.

In addition, because Global Switch can demonstrate its commitment to energy efficient data centers, its customers can be confident that the declared PUE values are accurate and validated by an independent party.

Matthew Winter, Global Switch’s Regional Project Director for Europe commented: “CBRE | Romonet's predictive analytics has given what we believe is reliable and accurate insight into the future of the facility. With this model, the Operations team are able to forecast and better understand the next steps of occupation for the remaining stages of Sydney East. We have analyzed many of our sites across the globe with this tool and we value the information it provides as it assists the decision making when considering the manner of data center investments.”

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