With LEED becoming more widespread, companies that never gave it a second thought may start to realize the benefits of being socially responsible. Readers of this blog know about the many different types of buildings this standard can apply to.
A recent "Industrial Facilities in Motion" report looked at the specific impact of energy-friendly design on campuses, warehouses, manufacturing buildings and other related structures. According to this source, U.S. manufacturing represents a major opportunity to save energy and money through green practices.
As of this May, thousands of facilities have achieved some LEED certification. Most of these (642) have been Silver, and only 66 have obtained the highest ranking, Platinum, which requires at least 80 points earned through project credits. The newest version of the standard, v4, also specifically addresses industrial spaces.
A United States Green Building Council article from last month said that certified facilities account for as much as 496 million square feet. The recent increase in certification includes 14 new projects between 2014 and 2015 alone.
This represents not just a strong streak of overall growth, but also an increase in the number of campuses that took part in this. The article in particular said that 564 warehouse and distribution sites obtained certification between 2005 and 2015, as well, 37 percent of which reached the Silver level. Buildings can be sustainable both when they produce furniture and if they simply are used for storage.
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