For the first time ever, a U.S. Porsche dealership has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The accolade is given out by the Green Building Certification Institute and isn’t exceptionally easy to achieve. In order to gain the honor, the San Antonio facility uses a wealth of ‘green” technologies such as a solar panel roof, rainwater collection system and furniture, paint, insulation and building materials that are low volatile-organic-compound emitting. In just 11 months, the 13,500-square foot dealership went from nothing to one of the most efficient showrooms in North America.
Completed at the end of 2011, Porsche of San Antonio received the LEED certification this month. It joins the brand’s parts distribution center in Eastern, Pennsylvania which earned the honor not too long ago. Porsche already has plans to have their upcoming North American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia gain the certification which will further add to the automaker’s recent strides in sustainability and low emissions. Currently, all Porsche models are registered as Low Emissions Vehicles (LEV) and in the past three years, the company wide fuel consumption has dropped by 20 percent.
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