Gross area: 2.5 million ft2
Date completed: November 2010
Profile: According to USGBC/GBCI data, the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is the first LEED Platinum automotive assembly plant in the world; the first LEED Platinum industrial campus in the United States; and the largest LEED Platinum project in the United States (based on building square feet). Built on a renovated brownfield (the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant), the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs.
Water efficienty: VW’s sustainably designed paint shop will save more than 50 million gallons of water a year. Low-flow water closets and urinals helped the plant to achieve a 58 percent reduction in potable water use. Additionally, the plant harvests rainwater from its roof that is collected for use in the sanitary waste system. These strategies save 1.7 million gallons of potable water each year. Low-flow showers and faucets result in total savings of more than 3 million gallons of potable water each year.