- Why use LEED on warehouses and distribution centers?
- How many warehouse and distribution center projects are registered and certified under LEED?
- What is the LEED volume program and how can warehouse and distribution center projects benefit from the offering?
- How do multiple buildings and structures in a campus setting earn LEED certification?
- How does the LEED performance platform relate to warehouse projects?
- What resources are available for warehouse and distribution center projects?
- What are issues unique to warehouse and distribution center projects?
- Where can I find owner profiles and case studies on warehouse and distribution center projects?
- Does USGBC offer any education for project teams wanting to learn more about warehouse and distribution centers pursuing green building?
- Is there a document I can download and send to my team?
Why use LEED on warehouses and distribution centers?
In addition to the benefits that are seen across all sectors (such as building and operating a resource-efficient, healthy building and the value of obtaining rigorous third-party certification) warehouse and distribution centers are experiencing increasing demand to deliver LEED certified projects to fulfill ESG goals, keep up with market competition and to demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability.
How many warehouse and distribution center projects are registered and certified under LEED?
As of June 2023, there are almost 5,400 LEED‐certified and registered warehouse and distribution center projects representing over 2 billion square feet (190 million square meters) of built space. This includes projects certified through the one-off process and those certified through multiple building applications such as campus and volume.
What is the LEED volume program and how can warehouse and distribution center projects benefit from the offering?
For organizations planning to certify many new construction projects, LEED volume certification can simplify LEED documentation and speed up the review process for those portfolios where uniformity and standardization of the LEED requirements are built into the project delivery process. Using this option streamlines LEED certifications by focusing on similarities in building design and construction practices – no matter where the projects are located. For organizations that certify multiple buildings within a given timeframe, this option offers valuable economies of scale for new construction buildings and commercial interior spaces. Learn more.
How do multiple buildings and structures in a campus setting earn LEED certification?
Warehouse and distribution center projects commonly operate with multiple buildings spread across a single site. To address this, the LEED Campus Guidance was introduced for projects that are on a shared site under the control of a single entity. Its application to LEED projects represents the complexity and commonality of buildings and infrastructure on a site. LEED Campus Guidance is a useful tool for campuses with multiple buildings, common utilities, and campus‐wide management policies. By utilizing LEED Campus Guidance, project teams can benefit from an increase in streamlined review process, and reduced certification fees under the Master Site approach, leading to successful implementation of LEED projects.
How does the LEED performance platform relate to warehouse projects?
The LEED v4.1 O+M rating system offers a unique performance-based pathway to certify your existing buildings and interior spaces that uses Arc, a state‐of‐the‐art platform designed to collect, manage and benchmark your building across five performance categories: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
And what does this mean for warehouse and distribution centers? LEED v4.1 can be used to compare projects to other similar facilities pursuing high-performance measures from around the world. Portfolio managers and other stakeholders can continuously monitor the data and make informed decisions to optimize the building performance based on real-time data and analytics. This performance pathway can then be used to certify and recertify the project every 3 years. Learn more
What are issues unique to warehouse and distribution center projects?
Many new build projects are speculative and do not have tenants contracted to occupy space. When tenant spaces are not under contract, the project may only be able to account for design and construction activities under the control of the owner and will not have details related to future tenant build-outs. In this case, LEED v4.1 presents more options as credit weightings are shifted to include more points that fall within the owner’s control.
Some warehouse and distribution center O+M projects can face challenges with process loads (energy, water, and waste) that can impact performance scores. Process loads impacting the performance score to the point that the performance may not be met. If this is the case, please contact us.
What resources are available for warehouse and distribution center projects?
- Building Design and Construction: Warehouses and Distribution Centers
- Operations and Maintenance: Warehouses and Distribution Centers
Where can I find owner profiles and case studies on warehouse and distribution center projects?
- WHB (BD+C v4)
- FM Logistic Hanoi Stage 1 (BD+C v4)
- FM Logistic Jhajjar Stage 1(BD+C v4)
- FM Logistic Bedzin Stage 3 (BD+C v4)
- MAGNIT Distribution Center Krasnodar (O+M v4)
Does USGBC offer any education for project teams wanting to learn more about warehouse and distribution centers pursuing green building?
Yes! Check out the following sessions in the USGBC online course catalog:
- Achieving Sustainability in Warehouses, Distribution Centers & Data Centers The explosive growth of e-commerce and our technology-driven world necessitates the building of more warehouses/distribution centers and data centers. LEED WELL based design strategies and certifications ensure that these facilities are built sustainably and healthy.
- LEED Strategies & Case Studies: Warehouse & Distribution A panel of experts share their stories on implementing LEED Warehouse & Distribution Centers: triumphs, challenges, lessons learned and strategies that can help others optimize the design, construction and operation of warehouse facilities.
- Green Strategies for Logistics The video introduces 22 ways to improve Logistics warehouse's green feature.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information about LEED and how it applies to warehouse and distribution centers, contact us.
Is there a document I can download and send to my team?
Yes! Click the link below.