LEED Certification for Your Logistics Facilities

So as a logistics professional, what can you do to contribute to the well being of our environment? One obvious opportunity is to make the millions of square feet of facilities we build and manage more environmentally friendly. This isn’t simply about changing the types of light bulbs used in the facility, but a complete design standard you can utilize during the design phase of your new facility or even for expansions to existing facilities.

LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, The following from the US Green Building Council describes the program. “The LEED Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.”

“LEED-certified buildings:

– are leading the transformation of the built environment
– are built as designed and perform as expected.
– have lower operating costs and increased asset value
– are healthy and comfortable for their occupants
– reduce waste sent to landfills
– conserve energy and water
– reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
– qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances, and other incentives in hundreds of cities
– demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility”

Visit one of the below dozen sites to learn more about LEED Certification in your area:

World Green Building Council
US Green Building Council
Canadian Green Building Council
UK Green Building Council
Green Building Council of Australia
New Zealand Green Building Council
Green Building Council Korea
Mexico Green Building Council
Indian Green Building Council
Japan Sustainable Building Consortium
Taiwan Green Building Council
United Arab Emirates Green Building Council

Ratings of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum can be achieved and plaques are awarded for posting on the certified building.

Additionally, a key component of achieving a high LEED rating is the logistics and sourcing component for every type of building ie; how environmentally friendly are the materials used, how close to the site were they obtained, limiting carbon emissions for transporting the materials to the site. And also includes the reverse logistics and use or responsible disposal of any waste materials from the construction project.

To get a specific idea on what is involved in LEED certification of a Distribution Center, check out the following post including a video on the Patagonia Reno Service Center in Nevada.

So if you think there’s little you can do for the environment in your role as a logistician, think again and begin exploring the LEED certification and Green Building Rating System before starting your next new build or warehouse expansion.

Jeff Ashcroft

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