The Volkswagen energy-efficient facility in Chattanooga was recently awarded platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program. The Volkswagen Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing plant to receive the platinum certification for the highest possible level of performance.
LEED certification is an internationally recognized certification system that provides building owners and operators a way to find and implement energy-efficient, eco-conscious solutions for design, construction and operations.
Building a LEED-certified building wasn’t a stretch for Volkswagen because it naturally falls right in line with Think Blue- Volkswagen’s commitment to achieving sustainable mobility through technology. Think Blue symbolizes a goal of not only creating eco-conscious products, but encouraging environmentally friendly behavior. For Volkswagen, it begins before the cars even hit the road.
The Volkswagen Chattanooga plant was designed to be as green as possible. Construction was completed with no destruction of untouched nature, and protected creeks and wetlands were established to minimize impact on natural habitats. That’s impressive, but it’s just part of a long list of reasons why we received platinum certification:
Some of the other reasons Volkswagen acheived this high recognition- 720,000 kilowatts are saved each year due to superior insulation provided by six inches of mineral rock wool, light pollution reduced and uses 68% less energy, rainwater is collected and reused to flush toilets and cool welding machines, and the paint shop will save 50 million gallons of water in 10 years. Not to mention the natural flowing creeks that capture heavy rains and restore the natural habitat.
The Volkswagen Academy, where new employees are prepared for work at the Chattanooga facility, was also certified by U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Platinum facility.