A unique design takes advantage of natural flows to heat and cool the space.

Core 77 points us to Yahoo's remarkable new building in upstate New York. The unusual looking structure houses a large data center, and is designed to take advantage of natural flows to heat and cool the building.

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Most data centers require massive cooling systems, which in turn suck up electricity like nobody's business, but Yahoo's new “Chicken Coop” configuration lacks chillers entirely. How is that possible? The CC design makes the entire building “breathe,” drawing in fresh air through a system of louvers and dampers, then recirculating it throughout the facility for heat, or venting it out through the top of the building, depending. Additionally, the server racks themselves are designed with space between them to allow air to pass, and the building was sited in a location chosen for wind access.

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