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BUILD Fundamentals: Options for Data Center Waste Heat Mixed Use Campus Settings

Brian Rener  (Mission Critical Leader, SmithGroup)

Jamison Caldwell  (Principal Mechanical Engineer, SmithGroup)

Location: Ballroom C (Level 3)

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

Pass Type: All Access Conference, Data Center BUILD Summit - Get your pass now!

Session Type: Data Center BUILD Summit

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Significant sustainability opportunities exist when data centers are collocated within multifunction buildings or campus settings. Since data centers require continuous cooling (expelling waste heat throughout the year), mixed-use buildings or campus settings provide opportunities to employ waste heat recovery from the data center and reduce overall energy consumption. This session will examine current ongoing projects where waste heat has been used to improve the overall energy efficiency of a building or recovered into an existing campus central plant infrastructure systems. In addition, we will examine the significant benefits to geothermal heat storage on campus systems, highlighting ongoing work with the Department of Energy.


  • Why data centers should be collocated in mixed use sites and buildings
  • What are best practices for heat recovery
  • Benefits to geo-thermal heat storage