The next frontier for green building is manufacturing

Courtesy of Crain's Chicago. By MAHESH RAMANUJAM

Think of a factory and smokestacks come to mind. “Green” building isn’t in the picture. But factories around the world are going green at a remarkable pace. Today, there are 500 million square feet of green factory space, including pace-setting construction, here in Chicago.

Why? Green manufacturing saves big money in the long run. Manufacturers do well by doing good.

Evidence for this trend is in a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. According to “LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities,” there are more than 1,775 LEED-certified industrial facilities, a figure projected to reach more than 2,710 industrial facilities, which would mean an additional 737 million square feet of factory floor space.

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