The Advancing Data Center Construction 2023 conference is underway this week in Kansas City, Missouri, focusing on the issues and challenges facing that industry. This includes the environmental impact of data centers as the demand for cloud storage and connectivity continues to grow. (Learn more about data center sustainability.)
As the world depends more every day on the smooth operation of data centers, the importance of retro-commissioning — where commissioning processes are applied to an existing system with the intent of improving the resiliency and efficiency of its operation — has never been greater.
Michael Streich and Saahil Tumber explain the phases of the process in “Defining the Four Phases of Data Center Retro-commissioning” for Engineered Systems magazine. The writers note that applying the retro-commissioning process to data centers can be challenging, as they are unique buildings that have complex mechanical and electrical systems with advanced monitoring and controls, critical uptime requirements and strict maintenance procedures.