Last summer, the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) released its LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report which showed how the industrial sector is now prioritizing sustainability in design and operations. Industrial facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, and distribution centers have long been considered the main contributors to environmental pollution, with manufacturers alone consuming more than 30 percent of the nation’s energy and four percent of total domestic water use.
But now, increased awareness of the resulting damage to our planet, along with the commitment to do the right thing (and save money doing it) is finally paying off. As of the recent report, there are currently more than 1,113 LEED-certified industrial facilities in the U.S. and the number is expected to increase significantly as there 1,460 registered projects (in the process of pursuing certification).
With the latest incarnation of the LEED rating system (LEED V4), warehouses and distribution centers received standards of their own. Prior to LEED V4, warehouses and DCs had to adapt to LEED models used for other building types. The three main areas of difference in LEED V4 for warehouses and DCs are in the areas of site impact, daylighting, and energy/thermal comfort.
The LEED V4 model for warehouse and distribution centers is not aimed at making it easier to attain LEED certification; but LEED V4 should help increase sustainable design initiatives by defining a path tailored specifically for warehouses and distribution centers so they can better meet the challenges of LEED certification.
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