CERNER TECHNOLOGY CENTER EARNS EPA ENERGY STAR(R) CERTIFICATION FOR SUPERIOR
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.
Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the
world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000
physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory
centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and
surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 45 employer sites and 1,750
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