Nail, head, hammer, perfect strike? Or failing to hit the broad side of a barn? I just quickly wanted to point out to this article on the site of Data Center Journal. As the call for data center efficiency grows louder by more and more stakeholders (and even non-stakeholders), so does the call for regulation.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been a prime example of this, as they are actively re-working their standards.

That means there is a danger for over-regulation. For example, ASHRAE is proposing mandating the use of economisers. You can imagine that there is some concern over this from the industry. Economisers are not the only way to cool facilities, and mandating them would mean locking out other alternatives.

So what is your take: is ASHRAE going too far? Or are they doing the right thing here?

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