Demonstrating Sustainability Performance through LEED

Beasley, James
(International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative)

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Manufacturers of electronics, and more recently the suppliers of manufacturing process equipment to the electronics industry, focus a great deal of attention on the “greenness” of their products. Green products are presumed to have reduced impact on the environment through innovative manufacturing techniques, or reduced energy or resources to operate. A focus on products and manufacturing processes is not enough to remain competitive in today’s environment of increased environmental awareness and operational cost sensitivity; manufacturers must also consider the impact of the manufacturing facilities they design, build and operate. The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is the de facto method for advancing “best practices” of building design and construction practices. Based upon the “LEED” criteria, the USGBC defines a green building as one having the following characteristics: • Highly energy efficient • High indoor environmental quality • Water resource efficient • Sensitive to its effects on local and systemic surroundings. This presentation will describe the elements of LEED as a voluntary designation that may be sought by owners of new or existing buildings, with particular emphasis on high tech facilities. Case studies of semiconductor fabs which have successfully achieved LEED registration will be used to highlight strategies for satisfying LEED credit requirements and demonstrate exceptional sustainability performance.

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