Northampton Volkswagen recognizes the importance of doing our part in conserving and maintaining the environment for future generations. We are proud to have made the environmentally responsible decision to continually learn about green business practices, and to adopt these practices into our business.
1.) Storm-water runoff is treated for prior to leaving site. Cleaner water is now entering the city system. The storm-water drainage system previously drained into the City system untreated. That system has been removed and replaced with an updated system that has structures to improve water quality prior to discharge into the City system.
2.) The site heat island effect is reduced by adding landscaped areas and trees to provide shading. Previous site conditions had very little landscaping or plantings. See also roofing materials #12.
3.) Environmental cleanup of Kollmorgen building prior to construction. Construction the new facilities included demolish and proper disposal of an outdated building that was constructed of materials containing hazardous substances including asbestos. Where possible, demolished materials were recycled, including crushing of concrete, reuse of brick, recycling of aluminum and steel, wood and gypsum.
4.) The site lighting consists of highly efficient LED lights that are Dark Sky Friendly. The fixtures have been strategically selected and located to minimize light pollution.
5.) Construction waste was sorted and recycled when possible.
6.) Bike racks are provided to encourage customers to use alternative means of transportation, reducing emissions, promoting healthy living and use of the cities bike-ways.
7.) Future electric vehicle charging locations provided to encourage low emitting vehicle usage.
8.) Water efficiency: low consumption toilet fixtures (1.6 gal/flush) are used to minimize use of water wherever possible. Lavatory fixtures have auto shutoff and aerator to minimize consumption of water, (1.5 gal/min). Bradley Service Tech sink uses 1.25 gal/min and also has auto shutoff.
9.) Water heater has up to 96% thermal efficiency. This on one of the highest efficiency in the industry and minimizes fossil fuel consumption.
10.) HVAC system is balanced to provide the most efficient system possible. Programmable thermostats minimize system disruption. Outdoor air monitoring relays information to the system to minimize and optimize fuel consumption and providing high indoor air quality for customers and employees.
11.) Buildings are highly insulated and sealed to minimize heating and cooling loads and air infiltration on the building and use less fossil fuels to heat and cool the building. The buildings are expected to produce less greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to typical construction.
12.) The roofing membrane is semi-reflective, gray. UV radiation from the sun is partially reflected back into the atmosphere. In summer months when the roof is getting direct sunlight, this helps to keep the insulation on the roof cooler and lower cooling loads within the building in comparison to a black roof.
13.) Many of the building materials contain recycled content in line with LEED standards.
14.) Inside the building, paint, flooring, ceilings and other finishes are low or zero emitting materials. The amount of Volatile Organic Compounds released into the environment is minimized in comparison to standard building materials. This improves the indoor air quality for customers and employees. Materials are easy to clean minimizing allergens in the air and minimizing use of toxic chemicals for cleaning.
15.) Interior lighting are highly efficient LED's and Fluorescent. Use of occupancy sensors and daylight controls to minimize usage and utilize natural lighting.
16.) Curtain-walls provide large amounts of natural light, while highly efficient glazing minimizes heat gains and losses.