East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - October 16, 2012:
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today announced that its flagship data center at King's Mountain, North Carolina has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
"We are excited to announce that our data center has achieved LEED Gold certification. From conceptual design to construction, our team has learned much about cutting-edge green building technology and takes a tremendous amount of pride in building our eco-friendly facility. There are less than 50 Data Centers in the world today which are LEED Gold certified, and we are thrilled to be a part of this exclusive group," shared Pinaki Kar, CEO, Wipro Data Center Services.
"Wipro's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership" said, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before and Wipro serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
Wipro's King's Mountain Data Center achieved LEED Gold certification for the energy, lighting, water, and materials used during construction, as well as the sustainable savings to be realized during the ongoing operation of the data center:
- Over 98% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled
- Over 40% of building materials were sourced regionally, reducing the overall carbon emissions required to deliver to the project site
- 40% recycled content contained in combined new building materials
- New roofing system that reflects light and does not soak in heat, resulting in reduced energy required for climate control.
- Reduction of impervious space, restoring natural plant life and vegetation to the area
- Highly efficient interior lighting system reducing energy usage and outdoor site light pollution
- 40% reduction in water usage over conventional business by using rainwater collection tanks to supply all non-potable water needs
- 70% reduction in irrigation needs by utilizing efficient landscaping and stored rainwater
- 40% reduction in water usage overall
- 17% reduction in energy usage overall.
LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED was established for market leaders to design & construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
About Wipro Technologies
Wipro Technologies, the global IT business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro Technologies delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology"– helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner's approach to delivering innovation and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro Technologies has over 135,000 employees and clients across 54 countries. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com
About The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 49,100 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 130 countries. In addition, more than 24,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 87,000 more homes registered.
By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at usgbc.org
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