Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead, a facility with a number of sustainable and energy-saving features
Does LEED Play in Peoria? Arizona, That Is
Mercedes-Benz just marked the opening of its first environmentally sustainable dealership in Peoria, Arizona.
Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead will be a prototype designed from the ground up to conserve resources and help employees shift the way they work to reduce their impact on the environment.
The $13 million facility earned silver certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The owner, Chuck Theisen, has been a car dealer in Phoenix for 45 years and claims, I'm pleased to operate a business that is environmentally responsible.
Among the dealership's key features:
o A car wash that uses six gallons of water per vehicle, as opposed to the typical 20 gallons.
o A southfacing design to take advantage of natural light and shade
o rooftop parking to reduce land use
o A roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panel array that will generate up to 35 percent of the building's power during off-peak hours.
o An insulated fascia system wrapped around the structure to improve energy efficiency.
o High-efficiency mechanical and water reclamation systems to increase conservation and use of recycled water for landscape irrigation.
o Use of recycled asphalt, concrete and steel in construction and recycled material in ceiling tiles.
o A specialized air induction system to decrease carbon dioxide levels.
And the business offers its employees a low carbon dioxide-level working environment, close-in parking for those with electric or other zero-emission vehicles, and shuttle service to public transportation.