As LEED certification becomes commonplace, large-scale facilities are reducing their carbon footprint by going green.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), right now there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities, totaling more than 496 million square feet worldwide. And the number of LEED-certified industrial buildings is on the rise – an additional 2,170 projects are registered, totaling nearly 737 million square feet. discusses the increasing popularity of green and LEED-certified industrial facilities – and how it makes good business sense.

The manufacturing sector alone is responsible for 30% of the nation’s total energy consumption and uses an estimated 15,900 million gallons of water per day, which is roughly 4% of total daily water use. Through LEED certification, the world’s most widely used green building rating program, industrial facilities are more resource efficient and high-performing, which translates to increased asset value and millions of dollars in savings for owners and operators. also discusses how consumers increasingly want products that have come from sustainable manufacturing facilities – another incentive for tenants to locate their businesses in green industrial properties.

Read the full article to find out how some noteworthy LEED-certified industrial building projects are a financial and environmental success.