Investing in sustainability has become an important issue in the data center industry, with 87% of executives planning to invest more in sustainability technology in 2023 and 2024, according to a recent Gartner survey.  The need for change is coming from environmental agencies, and also customers, investors, and regulators. This ever-evolving industry is exploring new ways to increase energy efficiency such as designing taller buildings, using more efficient hardware and infrastructure, and having an increased focus on renewable energy. Could insulation on cooling systems be the missing key to help energy efficiency?

Data centers contribute about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, so impacting energy efficiency through cooling system upgrades and advanced operations is a smart start to sustainability. Moving towards data center efficiency may have higher costs in the short-term, but the long-term benefits like reduced environmental impact, cost savings and improved community representation far outweigh the expenditure. 

Traditionally, significant cooling technology changes in data centers are slow to be implemented because technology companies have to manage increased storage demands while deploying higher-density systems with more specialized machine learning tools, like artificial intelligence. Advanced systems and more efficient cooling processes like a liquid or cold water based design can greatly benefit from installing insulation on lines, pipes, ducts, and pumps. Data center managers that are ready for change can rely on AP/ArmaFlex solutions and ArmaFix® accessories to help reduce cooling system energy use and improve server room efficiency.

Insulation for Information Management

The one thing that both new and legacy cooling systems have in common is the need for proper insulation. Specifying AP/ArmaFlex for data centers is a smart move as our closed-cell foam insulation is a rubber-based, flexible material ideal for insulating chilled water piping, refrigerant lines, chillers, cooling tanks, and air handlers. Insulating not only promotes energy efficiency, but it also prevents condensation on below-ambient temperature surfaces—a critical issue for data center management. Its closed-cell structure also prevents moisture ingress and naturally resists the growth of mold and mildew. Armacell uses a fiber-free, formaldehyde-free, low VOC formulation for its foam insulation to eliminate particulates that can damage sensitive servers. The flexible nature of elastomeric insulation means it installs easily in tight spaces in floors, walls, or ceilings. You can count on AP/ArmaFlex insulation retaining its thermal integrity over time, lasting well into the digital age.

Armacell’s Solutions Portfolio has product packages tailor made for data centers that include our integrated product portfolio:

  • AP/ArmaFlex pipe insulation
  • AP/ArmaFlex sheets and rolls
  • AP/ArmaFlex fabricated fittings
  • AP/ArmaFlex insulation tape
  • ArmaFix Insuguard pipe saddles and shields
  • ArmaFix EcoLight pipe supports
  • Up to a 10- or 15-year warranty