Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney, TX, is being held up as an example of an environmentally friendly car and truck dealer by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first vehicle dealership to win a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
LEED is a voluntary rating system that provides a uniform way to measure a building’s sustainability, providing point values in categories such as energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, said Pat Lobb, owner of the 53,000 sq.-ft. dealership.
The “green” features of his facility include: the building’s exterior, which is composed of 80% recycled aluminum; as-needed heat generated from oil-change waste; a car wash that uses recycled water; lighting and faucets that are energy efficient; carpet made from recycled windshield glass; bicycle racks and preferred parking for carpool vehicles to encourage alternative transportation; and the use of native and drought-resistant plants and grasses for the landscaping with rainwater harnessed for irrigation.
“We are pleased to lead the way with a super energy-efficient and environmental facility,” Lobb said.