LEED “Green” Dealership

Silver Level LEED Certification Seal

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Lexus of St. Louis is a

Silver-Level LEED Certified Dealership

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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This is a certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to mean that a building is green. LEED gives builders a framework of design and construction practices that reduce or eliminate negative impact on the environment and people.

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LEED is concerned with the following areas.

Site Sustainability
  Minimizing a building’s impact on the environment.
  Our building is equipped with bike racks and shower rooms to encourage the use of alternate transportation. 95% of our construction waste was recycled and thereby diverted from landfills. Our roof is white, reflective roof to reduce heating and cooling costs.
   
  Water Efficiency
  Smarter water use both inside and out.
  All of the building’s water fixtures are ultra-low flow. The wash bay is equipped with a car wash reclamation system that uses 62% less fresh water per wash. Overall our building saves 40% water expenses compared to a non-LEED equivalent. 
   
  Energy and Atmosphere
  Energy strategies that conserve and re-use energy sources and encourage the use of renewable, clean energy sources.
  All of our windows are made of high-efficiency glass. This type of glass reduces solar heat gain, reflects harmful UV rays and transmits higher levels of natural light into the building for better light quality. We achieve 17% improved energy efficiency with mechanical and electrical systems that are self-monitored and adjusted.
   
  Materials and Resources
  The carbon footprint of a construction project is minimized through the use of renewable materials, a sourcing strategy that keeps suppliers local and recycling practices that help keep waste out of landfills.
  Twenty percent of the materials used in our building are made from recycled content. This includes wall coverings, flooring (77% recycled tire rubber), concrete, drywall (close to 100% recycled), steel, ceiling tile and metal doors. And we decreased our carbon footprint further by using materials that were
manufactured and harvested within a 500 mile radius of the site.
   
 • Indoor Environmental Quality
  Promotes use of natural light, improves indoor air quality as well as accoustics.
  We achieved better indoor air quality by using products and materials containing no- or low-volatile organic compounds. This includes paint, adhesives, carpets, stains, inks and wall coverings. Individually-controlled lighting allows for a more comfortable environment for customers and employees.