John Deere announced that the recently rebuilt BTI Greensburg, Kan., dealership has received the platinum level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Building Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The platinum level certification is the highest level Green Building Rating available and is a nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of green buildings. The John Deere dealership was completely destroyed by a tornado on May 4, 2007, along with the rest of the town of Greensburg.
LEED certification facts about the BTI Greensburg dealership:
• Uses 51.5 percent less electricity than code-required minimum performance, which saves 161,911 kWh annually – enough electricity to power 14 homes for one year.
• 18,600 kWh are produced on-site by two wind turbines.
• 64 tons of the 73 tons of construction waste were diverted from landfill for re-use and recycling.
• Uses 48.8 percent less water than code-required minimum, saving 38,750 gallons of water annually.
• Utilizes low VOC carpet, paints, and sealants throughout the facility to ensure healthy indoor air quality.
• Has 23 skylights in the retail and service areas to utilize natural lighting as much as possible.
In addition, John Deere has incorporated many of the energy and environmental building design concepts from BTI Greensburg into its John Deere Place Dealer Facility Program so other dealerships can replicate the designs at their facilities.
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