The Growth of Green Industrial
The prevalence of Sustainable Design practices has increased dramatically over the past decade. For many in the AEC industry, LEED® Certification is at least a consideration for most projects. A recent article by Architect Magazine explores Green Industrial Buildings, one segment of the industry where LEED Certification had been slower to catch on.
Ware Malcomb and other firms share factors observed that indicate a shift in perspective of LEED and Industrial buildings, including:
- Changing Attitudes – Industrial clients are increasingly expressing an interest in sustainable design.
- Building a Better LEED –Upcoming revisions by the USGBC are expected include the first Core & Shell (CS) and New Construction (NC) rating systems for Warehouse & Distribution Centers.
- Upfront Costs, Long-Term Savings – Buildings incorporating significant Sustainable Design practices or achieving LEED Certification are reporting significant reduction in operating costs.
- Site, Supply Chain, and Building – Strategic site selection can considerably reduce a facility’s environmental impact.