When I curated the news about the Digital Realty Trust data center, I was skeptical. Unlike other data centers which have earned LEED-NC certification, the Santa Clara facility received a LEED for Commercial Interiors certification. Typically, this is used in certifications for which the occupant has little control over total building operations — a suite in an office tower, first-floor retail in a condo building, etc. But a little refresher in LEED standards proves me wrong: One area of LEED-CI that I’d ignored was its focus on energy-efficient office equipment (xls). In a data center, that’s more critical than just about anything; maybe LEED-CI is the best green building certification available for data centers after all. I’m curious to see what Kathy Austin has to say in her upcoming report on the green data center market.