Volkswagen announced earlier this winter that their Chattanooga plant has achieved the highest level LEED certification. To those of you who don’t know what that award means, anyone who receives such a level award means that their building is as sustainable and green as possible. Volkswagen became the first American car manufacturer to achieve such an award.

How did the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant achieve the prestigious LEED certification?

Six inches of mineral rock wool provides the factory with highly efficient insulation. As a result the factory manages to save 720,000 Kilowatts in energy annually. The location of the Chattanooga factory allows green power to be provided from a local hydroelectric dam.

A massive saving of 262,500 kWh annually is achieved through LED lighting upon the factories exterior. Light pollution is reduced by quite a bit along with amount of energy used. 68 % less energy in total is saved thanks to the efficient lighting system.

Rainwater is used in order to flush toilets and to cool welding machines. A great way to use a natural resource some may think.

Heat Island effect is greatly reduced through the use of white roof membrane. This is due to the material being highly reflective.

A natural habitat is easily created through the use natural flowing creeks that gather heavy rain.

No touch sensors and low flow water fixtures reduce the amount of water that is used by 30 per cent.

The actual Chattanooga plant was originally built upon a Brownfield property where there has been no sign of disturbing untouched nature.

According to Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO Chairman Frank Fischer, the whole environmentally friendly concept was brought to the table during the design stages of building the factory. That has certainly paid off not only thanks to the LEED award but also the amount of savings the plant has made.

He said that “Volkswagen Chattanooga’s LEED Platinum certification is the fulfilment of a promise that Volkswagen has made around the world and in this community that we will work in harmony with the environment,”

“Our commitment to building a LEED certified factory began in the planning and design stages.”