BICSI has announced an updated release of its flagship standard, ANSI/BICSI 002-2014, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices.

Data center construction and expansion is predicted to continue steadily over the next ten years worldwide. With the increasing focus on reliability and efficiency, the initial design is more important than ever. Thus, today’s data center designer is required to have knowledge of mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems and how they interact — areas not typically found in the same reference manual or standard.

Considered the foundation standard for data center design around the world, ANSI/BICSI 002-2014 continues its mission to provide requirements, guidelines, and best practices applicable to any data center.

Now featuring 500 pages of content, the 2014 edition of BICSI 002 focuses on adding or expanding information on critical data center design and infrastructure topics, including modular and “container” data centers; data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and building systems; DC power; hot and cold aisles; multi-data center architecture and data center service outsourcing; and energy efficiency.

"This updated standard is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work performed by an international team of more than 50 volunteer subject matter experts from all disciplines within data centers," said BICSI President Michael Collins, RCDD, RTPM, CCDA, NCE. "The volunteers also spent countless hours reviewing the existing content from the 2011 edition to reflect changes and developments in the major data center markets. BICSI 002-2014 is an essential standard that belongs in any data center professional's reference library."

ANSI/BICSI 002-2014 can be purchased at