Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant has secured LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.
The facility’s insulation provides six inches of mineral rock wool, resulting in energy savings of 720,000kW a year, and it generates green power from the local hydroelectric dam.
According to the company, LED lighting has been used on the exterior, which results in a 68% saving in energy usage, up to 262,500 kW/h per year and reduces light pollution.
The facility collects rainwater to flush toilets and cool the welding machines, while its ultra-clean paint shop will save 50 million gallons of water in ten years; low-flow water fixtures and no-touch sensors throughout the plant reduce water usage by 30%.
The surrounding landscaping also consists of natural flowing creeks to capture heavy rains and restore a natural habitat.