High Rise Facilities

March 2013

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14 HRF FEATURE Duke Energy Center: LEED Platinum Achiever Through Building Automation March 2013 By Dave Hopping Photo by Justin Cozart www.HighRiseFacilities.com With 48 stories and 1.4 million square feet, the Duke Energy Center (DEC) is a dramatic addition to the skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina. The tower opened in December 2010, and has become a leading model for energy efficiency and sustainability in the nation. It is currently the tallest office building, and the only building in the state of North Carolina, to achieve LEED Platinum Core & Shell 2.0 certification, the highest level awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Duke Energy Center's owners wanted the tower to be one of the most intelligent and environmentally friendly office buildings in the country. From the start, DEC was designed and built to meet the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability. The inclusion of a 2.25-megawatt, seven-story data center which requires the highest levels of reliability, backup and redundancy was another priority for the DEC tower. The data center includes four floors for stock trading and presents its own set of challenges in terms of climate control, energy usage, security and reliability. Because a failure of any duration can have serious consequences for building tenants and their customers,

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