August 4, 2006

GM assembly plant named world’s first LEED-certified for environmental energy and design

Lansing, Michigan – General Motors’ new Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan has received a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. It is the only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to ever receive any level of LEED certification. Of the 550 buildings worldwide that are LEED certified, the GM plant is the largest facility and the most complex manufacturing site.

LEED certification is the building industry’s recognition of superior energy and environmental design and construction. Over the first ten years of operations, the facility is expected to save over 40 million gallons of water and 30 million kwh of electricity. The plant will start production during the fourth quarter of 2006 and will build the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.

Among the building’s features are bright task lighting and lower overhead lighting levels, reducing lighting energy used by 20 per cent; a white polymer roof that reduces heat absorption; heating and cooling systems that contain no ozone-depleting substances; and a rainwater collection system that uses the water to flush toilets. The building is constructed of more than 25 per cent recycled materials, with more than 80 per cent of construction waste diverted from landfills.

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