A Raised Floor is a data center construction model in which a slightly higher floor is constructed above the building’s original concrete slab floor, leaving the open space between the two floors for wiring or cooling infrastructure.
Raised floors often are built to accommodate data center equipment. They are also used to help control air flow throughout the data center and reduce the intake air temperature of IT equipment and servers.
These types of floors are subject to local building codes and national and industry regulatory standards. They should resist wear and abrasion and contain conductive materials with antistatic properties to remove the buildup of damaging static electricity from the environment. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers provides structural guidelines for data center raised floors that house HVAC mechanisms.
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