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December 5, 2011

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant wins LEED Platinum certification

Volkswagen's Chattanooga manufacturing plant has secured LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

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.

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