Miller Architects & Builders is proud of our proven commitment to sustainability practices in our design and construction. This focus on green building practices is not only heavily influential for urban residential and commercial spaces, but is also a growing trend for manufacturing and industrial buildings.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a third-party verification for green building practices centered around five criteria: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
From auto manufacturers to cosmetics, many corporations are taking into account the long-range cost and environmental impact of how they build their new facilities worldwide. In the United States, the manufacturing sector consumes 30% of the country’s daily energy use and 4% of the nation’s daily water usage.
The USGBC (United States Green Building Council), which launched the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system in 2000, has recently published a study titled “LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities.” This report highlights the reasons for the growing trend, the benefits for corporations, and the newer iteration of their LEED rating system—LEEDv4—which is adapted to the features specific to manufacturing and industrial facilities. The introduction to this publication summarizes it for us: “Factories can be green and, in fact, factories need to be green.”
The benefits to the corporation are three-fold. First, sustainable buildings benefit people—the workers in the facility are given healthy, safe working conditions and carefully planned indoor environments, and the surrounding residents have a more careful steward of the community.
Second, green practices benefit the planet. From water consumption to waste to energy use, sustainable design in facilities impact resources on such a large-scale that changes can make quite an impact. Director of Sustainability Services at AECOM Angela Rivera notes, “When you look at the scale of industrial projects, even a minor improvement in performance or a slight change in practices can make a huge difference. For instance, a 1% energy reduction typically eclipses the annual energy consumption of an average office building.”
Third, these facilities are better for the bottom line. Green buildings see huge strides in energy efficiency, decreased operating expenses, they stay ahead of future restrictions on emissions, and enjoy a higher overall return on investment.
Sustainability is considered in each of our projects at Miller. Contact us to learn more or discuss an upcoming project.