July 17, 2007

Florida Chrysler dealer becomes first to achieve environmental award

Artist's rendering of the planned LEED-certified Tamiami Automotive Group dealership in Miami, Florida
Artist’s rendering of the planned LEED-certified Tamiami Automotive Group dealership in Miami, Florida. Click image to enlarge

Miami, Florida – The Chrysler Group has announced a new dealership in Miami, Florida that, when completed, will be the most environmentally-friendly automobile dealership in the U.S. The Tamiami Automotive Group will 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 a nationally-accepted benchmark, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance “green” buildings. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environment quality.

In conjunction with the announcement, Chrysler says that it plans to give other dealers in its network incentives to pursue LEED certification. Specific examples of sustainable design principles include selecting paints, sealants and adhesives with low volatile organic compounds; heating and air conditioning components which avoid HCFC refrigerants; increased external thermal values, including high-performance glass; energy management and monitoring systems; and harvesting storm water run-off for landscape irrigation. The program will also give recognition to dealers who are leaders in environmental activism.

The new Miami-area dealership is the former site of a lumber yard; upon completion, the facility will utilize numerous water conservation and energy management systems, and rely more on natural light than artificial light.

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