published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Chattanooga VW plant first factory in U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum status

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    The VW logo is seen on the front of one of dozens of new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant. These cars will be used as demos for testing, internal quality control and press test drives.
    Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto assembly plant is the first factory in the U.S. to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, officials said today.

The $1 billion facility also is the first automotive manufacturing plant to achieve the top LEED badge, which represents the highest level of environmental performance recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Frank Fischer, chief executive of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga operations, said the LEED platinum “is the fulfillment of a promise Volkswagen this community to work in harmony with the environment.”

At the plant, the paint shop alone will save 50 million gallons of water over the next decade. The plant is also about 40 percent more energy efficient than a typical manufacturing facility in America, Volkswagen officials said.

Dr. Jan Spies, head of factory planning for Volkswagen worldwide, said “the plant is very much the benchmark within Volkswagen.”

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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Wow. This is a huge accomplishment. The hoops that they needed to jump through are aplenty and set high.

December 1, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Very cool.

December 1, 2011 at 10:58 p.m.
collin said...

It's just a bonus for the reputation they have built long time ago. Volkswagen, beyond an auto maker is also a service worthy association for they also deal with some factors in the environment plus the fact that they are providing satisfaction to people and one of them is they they deal with replacement Car Parts out there. At some sort, they houses several hybrid cars that could truly address the need of people especially in terms of fuel efficient vehicles.

April 9, 2012 at 9:50 p.m.
CruckleyCaravan said...

Great achievement there by Volkswagen - the last 3 cars I've had to tow my caravan have all been VW's and not a single one has let me down! Mike -

June 28, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.
BoilerSpare said...

Wow. This is a huge accomplishment by VW The hoops that they needed to jump through are aplenty and set high so hats off to them. The competition in this sector is really heating up and many manufacturers are in hot water at the moment so its good to see some positive news. Tom -

June 28, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
MotorTradeIns said...

I work at a used car dealership selling mainly volkswagens and it's easy to see why the plant at Chattanooga has so many plaudits, the quality of the cars and motors coming out of there are second to none

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