BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., May 28, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), announced today its headquarters and smart center Bloomfield dealership in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, have been awarded LEED(R) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED(R) certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project and the broader community. LEED(R) is the USGBC's lead rating system related to the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings.
smart USA's headquarters and its only Michigan dealership, smart center Bloomfield (www.smartcenterbloomfield.com), are co-located at 1765 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. The building was designed to achieve LEED(R) certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable, environmentally friendly strategies.
"Having our facility registered as a LEED(R) Silver certified building is a tremendous honor for smart USA," said Dave Schembri, President, smart USA. "It complements the environmental friendliness of the smart brand and further establishes smart USA as an innovator in the field of automotive distribution and retailing."
The Bloomfield Hills-based dealership and headquarters were recently recognized by the township with a resolution honoring its LEED(R) certification, as these facilities were built based on a number of green design and construction features that highlight the company's commitment to the environment, including:
- The building's roofing system includes material with high solar reflectance value to minimize thermal gradient difference to reduce heat gain around the building's mechanical equipment to optimize performance.
- The building is constructed to use 40% less water than similar structures that maintain the same occupancy through low flow fixtures and sensors.
- The project used more than 47% of its materials from regional resources to reduce pollution from transporting materials and to support regional economies; over 80% of all construction was diverted away from landfills to recycling.
- 100% of the building's electricity usage was purchased from renewable resources through a two-year renewable contract.
- 90% of all equipment and appliances are ENERGY STAR compliant to reduce power demand.
- To improve indoor air quality, all paints, carpet systems, adhesives and sealants, composite wood and Agrifiber products have been specified to be low-VOC.
"The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The work of innovative building projects such as smart USA is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement."
About the smart fortwo and smart USA
smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 36 other countries, and more than one million smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in five trim levels ranging in price from $11,990* to $20,990*. For more information visit the smart USA website - www.smartusa.com.
* For 2009 models.Excludes tax, title, registration, destination charge, options and other dealer fees.
smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
About Penske Automotive Group
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 310 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 different brands and 25 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 158 franchises in 17 states and Puerto Rico and 152 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive is also the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo through its wholly-owned subsidiary smart USA Distributor LLC. smart USA supports over 70 smart retail centers in the United States. Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 200 and Russell 1000 and has more than 14,000 employees. smart and fortwo are registered trademarks of Daimler AG. For additional information visit - www.penskeautomotive.com.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable- built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED(R) green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System(TM) is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED(R) green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED(R) category. LEED(R) can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. Incentives for LEED(R) are available at the state and local level, and LEED(R) has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.
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