Pursuit of Sustainability Brings Manufacturing Back Into Town

Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Business Consulting group, released a case study today about client, Method Products™, that reveals how a surprising reversal of the traditional, industrial site selection strategy is bringing manufacturers—even those pursuing the highest levels of LEED certification—back into urban settings. More surprisingly, they could be halfway there long before shovels ever break ground.

“Organizations are increasingly pursuing sustainability goals for the industrial facilities within their supply chains – and achieving LEED certification for these facilities can be a meaningful differentiator,” said Matt Poreba, Cushman and Wakefield Consulting Manager and author of the report. “Our findings, based on practical experience from partnering with Method Products, indicate that considering LEED goals early on during the site selection process can put companies far ahead in achieving their targeted LEED certification level.”

Sustainability considerations are driving manufacturing facilities back into town after decades of expansion into less urban areas; and this new study explores the relationship between environmental sustainability goals and industrial location decisions. Its findings: roughly one-third of all available LEED credits required for Platinum certification, depends on property and location attributes. These attributes are, however, not typically present in the types of sites where industrial facilities are constructed, but this trend is changing.

These property and location attributes include:

• Development density and community connectivity
• Access to public transportation
• Brownfield redevelopment and site suitability
• On-site renewable energy generation potential and/or access to renewable power.

“Pursuing LEED-Platinum certification for an industrial manufacturing facility is becoming an increasingly more common priority,” says Mr. Poreba. “And companies such as Method Products are leading the way in demonstrating what world-class sustainable manufacturing and urban renewal can look like.”