SMYRNA, Tenn. (Dec. 14, 2009) — The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has given its gold certification to Bridgestone Retail Operations L.L.C.'s Firestone Complete Auto Care store in Smyrna.
The store opened in June with several earth-friendly features, including the use of low-VOC (volatile organic chemicals) paints, stains, carpets and sealants to improve indoor air quality; ultra low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption by 30 percent; solar panels that generate 12.5 percent of the building's electricity; a reflective metal roof that lowers heating and cooling costs; sidewalks made with recycled rubber from tires; and landscaping that uses recycled rubber tire mulch and native and drought tolerant plant species to eliminate the need for a sprinkler system.
LEED-certified buildings meet a long list of environmental criteria that are verified by independent inspectors. The criteria include energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
“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 and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The work of innovative building projects such as the Firestone Complete Auto Care store is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”