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Chrysler Dealer "Tamiami Automotive Group"
Becomes First in the Nation to Achieve Esteemed Environmental
Ground was broken today for a facility
that, when completed, will be the most environmentally-friendly
automobile dealership in the country. The Tamiami Automotive
Group announced plans to relocate and expand to a building that
will achieve the prestigious Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) "Gold Certification."
The LEED Green Building Rating System
is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design,
construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a
10,000-member non-profit building trade organization, which has
developed the LEED system to promote a whole-building approach
to sustainability. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas
of human and environmental health: sustainable site development,
water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and
indoor environmental quality.
In conjunction with the event, Chrysler
announced plans to give other dealers in their network incentives to
pursue LEED certification.
"We are proud of the way that Carlos Planas and
his team at Tamiami have embraced their environmentalism," said Steven
Landry, Executive Vice President - NAFTA Sales, Global Marketing,
Service and Parts for Chrysler. "This dealership has set the bar for
environmentally-friendly dealers, and will be a model for other
dealerships in our network. We are pleased to announce plans to provide
support for other dealers interested in building green to achieve their
goals and enhance their communities."
The Chrysler program will give support to
dealers interested in obtaining LEED certification in their efforts in
everything from design and materials choices to landscaping and energy
management systems. Specific examples of sustainable design principles
Selecting paints, sealants and adhesives
with low VOC (volatile organic compound).
Using heating and air conditioning
components which avoid HCFC refrigerants.
Increasing the thermals values of the
exterior, including high performance glass.
Providing energy management and monitoring
And harvesting storm water run-off for
landscape irrigation. Many of Chrysler’s facilities already use
several of these concepts. The program would also give recognition
to dealers who are leaders in environmental activism.
The new Miami-area 18-acre location is a former
Superfund site that previously was home to a lumber yard. Upon
completion, the new 400,000 square-foot facility will be the most
environmentally-friendly auto dealership in the country, with numerous
water conservation and energy management systems, and a design that
relies on natural light rather than artificial.
Ground Breaking ceremony
Jul 16, 2007