Chrysler Breaks Ground on Country's Greenest Auto Dealership

Chrysler Breaks Ground on Country's Greenest Auto Dealership

Chrysler broke ground on Monday on what will be the country's first LEED Gold certified auto dealership, Miami's Tamiami Automotive Group. In addition to being a highly energy efficient building that uses low-environmental-impact materials in its construction, the new dealership is located on a rehabilitated Superfund site previously owned by a lumber company.

When it is completed, Chrysler said the 400,000 square-foot facility will be the most environmentally friendly auto dealership in the country, incorporating a range of water conservation and energy management systems, as well as a design that relies on natural lighting instead of artificial.

"We are reusing land that was contaminated and revitalizing it to build an eco-friendly structure that cooperates with the environment," said Carlos Planas, the chairman of Tamiami Automotive Group. "We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do everything possible to conserve our environment. We view this as a must, and encourage others to do the same."

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chrysler also announced plans to encourage its other dealers incentives to strive for LEED certification at their dealerships.

"We are proud of the way that Carlos Planas and his team at Tamiami have embraced their environmentalism," said Steven Landry, an executive vice president at Chrysler. "This dealership has set the bar for environmentally friendly dealers, and will be a model for other dealerships in our network. We are pleased to announce plans to provide support for other dealers interested in building green to achieve their goals and enhance their communities."

The Chrysler program will give support to dealers interested in obtaining LEED certification in their efforts in everything from design and materials choices to landscaping and energy management systems. Some examples of the sustainable design principles encouraged by the program are:
  • Selecting paints, sealants and adhesives with low VOC (volatile organic compounds);
  • Using heating and air conditioning components which avoid HCFC refrigerants;
  • Increasing the thermals values of the exterior, including high performance glass;
  • Providing energy management and monitoring systems; and
  • Harvesting storm water run-off for landscape irrigation.