The Data Center Property Use Type is intended for sophisticated computing and server functions, and not for server rooms and similar spaces. Data centers typically include**:
- high density computing equipment (such as server racks used for data storage and processing)
- dedicated power and cooling systems
- a constant power load of 75 kW or more
- uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
- raised floors
The Data Center property use type is NOT intended for:
- server closets
- computer training areas
- telecom closets
- print/copy rooms
Server rooms that do not meet the definition of data center above, but have separate cooling systems and operating hours that differ from the rest of the building should be entered as a separate Office Property Use. Enter the weekly operating hours (typically 168 hours), zero workers, and enter the count of computers and Servers in the Number of Computers field. Both computers and servers should be counted only once (e.g. one server counts as 1 "Computer").
All other areas mentioned above (including server rooms without separate cooling systems) should be included in the total gross floor area for the property's main Property Use (e.g., Office).
**The characteristics provided above are guidelines. The list consists of common features among data centers which can help to differentiate a data center space from a server room. However, it is possible that spaces with most, but not all, of these characteristics, are legitimate data centers. This is typically the case for spaces that have power loads less than 75 kW, but otherwise meet the guidelines. Ultimately, it is up to the judgement of the Licensed Professional (LP) to make a final decision based on these guidelines. If you have any uncertainty, contact us to discuss your specific situation.