September 13, 2007

Quebec Nissan dealership “goes green” as part of company program

Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan Canada and Quebec dealership Sorel-Tracy Nissan have partnered to design the first Canadian environmentally-friendly Nissan dealership, as part of the Nissan Retail Environment Design Initiative program. The program is designed to help dealerships incorporate the latest energy-efficient technology into the design.

With its new design, the 10,000-square-foot property has reduced its energy bill annually by over $15,000. The facility, designed in conjunction with sustainable engineering firm Concept-R, is now more than 50 per cent more efficient than the Canadian building energy code.

In October 2005, engineers looked at the dealership’s overall structure, in particular the windows and lighting, and installed high-performance glazed glass, which allows air conditioning capacity to be reduced. Lighting energy use was also drastically reduced by employing efficient light fixtures and design, which reduce power usage by 50 per cent while still achieving the desired look and feel for the showroom. The new lighting scheme automatically adjusts to the amount of light coming in from outside.

Other changes include exterior lighting which adjusts to sunrise and sunset, geothermal heating and cooling systems, low-flow water fixtures and automatic high-velocity hand dryers.

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